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Lemina Set To Extend Loan Spell
Wednesday, 20th May 2020 10:35

The bad news for Saints this summer is that transfer fees and salaries in football are likely to drop due to the Corona Virus, this means that we will find it difficult to get rid of the deadwood.

Saints had been hoping to sell Mario Lemina to his current loan club Galatasaray in Turkey, both the player and the club seemed keen to get a deal done with the only stumbling block being the price, Saints wanted around £12 million whilst the Turks wanted to get him for around £8 million.

Even that price looks beyond them now with the price crunch set to hit World football as clubs struggle to make ends meet.

Turkish media outlet Fotospor report Saints will allow Lemina to remain at Galatasaray for another season, with both clubs in talks over extending his loan.

This would not be ideal for Saints but it is likely they will be able to get better terms for the player than a year ago in terms of a loan fee and the amount of his wages covered, it is not ideal for Saints, but this is the likely situation this summer, not just with Lemina but on several other players now out on loan.

The reality is that a buying club will not only be able to pay less in transfer fees, but will also not be able to offer the wages they could a year ago, this in turn makes it very unattractive for those we are looking to offload to take such a massive pay drop.

It is what it is though and it will have it's benefits in that we should be able to sign players ourselves at a cheaper rate.

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NewburySaint added 12:24 - May 20
Exactly Nick, it’s all relative.

If I was Saints I would be inclined to take anything for what is offered for the players we don’t want, after all anything is better than nowt for something you don’t want.

But, as you eluded to, the main stumbling block is going to come down to the greed of those we are trying to get shot of, and as we’ve seen with at least 2 of them they have over inflated egos & opinions of their own abilities.

highfield49 added 15:25 - May 20
I'm inclined to agree with NewburySaint that money in the bank is of more use than a loan deal. I guess every contract has different clauses but it bothers me that Lemina, or any of the other potential loan players, could get injured and become even more of a liability. If a deal can be struck for around £8m, with a substantial sell on clause should he ever attract another buyer, I wouldn't be disappointed. The problem of course is that, whatever the deal negotiated, Lemina will have lost the club a lot of money.

Peterx added 09:52 - May 23
Take anything we can get for him and do our homework to ensure we don't buy players with poor attitude (my perception) again. We want people who will bust their gut for the shirt while they are with us.

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