Today’s Sun claims that Mark Schwarzer has told Fulham he’ll leave for nothing when his contract expires next summer should he not be allowed to move to Arsenal in this window. I’m sure ‘toughing it out’ on a lucrative contract until June will be really difficult.
The paper discloses that the Australian international is in dispute with the club about whether he submitted a transfer request and that Mark Hughes is only minded let Schwarzer leave if he manages to secure a deal for Shay Given.
Hughes still seems right to play hardball on this one to my mind. A replacement for Schwarzer won’t come cheap and, with the transfer window soon to close, fees always rise. That means Arsenal should be made to pay a fee that reflects Schwarzer’s status as the best goalkeepers in the league and his importance to Fulham. In my opinion, even £3m remains laughable.
As an aside read Simon Kuper’s excellent column on goalkeepers in the Financial Times. They remain football’s most underappreciated animal.