Date: 30th January 2006 at 6:39pm
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Reports coming from Sky Sports are suggesting that contract talks between the club and Joey Barton have broken down to such an extent that the midfielder has handed in a transfer request.

If true, this adds credibility to reports earlier this month that suggested Barton was holding out for wages in the region of £30k per week.

Now I’m a fan of Barton as a footballer but I’m afraid he has a rather inflated opinion of himself. He is not in the same class as a Gerrard or Lampard and as such cannot expect to make excessive demands of a club that has done nothing but support him through his well publicised troubles.
In my opinion City should call his bluff, accept his request and hold out for a fee that matches his demands and inflated opinion of himself. Is anyone likely to bid in the region of £10 million?

 

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