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Commonsense prevails in Shunsuke saga

8 Dec 2008(Mon)

December 5, 2008: Someone has finally come to their senses at Yokohama F Marinos.

I could never understand all the talk of Marinos “preparing” a 10-million-dollar bid to bring Nakamura home in the January transfer window when he would have been a free agent anyway after June 30, 2009.

In the latest reports, that fee has dropped to 5 million dollars, but still it seems a waste of money to me when they could get him for nothing in six months’ time.

It all seems irrelevant now, though, as the deal appears to be off. Even in the economic downturn, I am sure that Nissan could have found 5 million dollars if they had really wanted to, but they have decided to wait.

Celtic will be happy, as the Japanese crowd favourite can help them win a fourth consecutive championship, and Marinos fans should not be too downhearted as his return home in July now looks a certainty.

So why all the talk earlier of the big transfer fee? If Marinos had really offered Celtic 10 million dollars to sign Nakamura in January, I am sure Celtic would have taken it. In fact they would have been crazy not to, knowing they would be losing him at the end of the season.

But I thought Marinos would have been crazy to pay it.

The only reason I can think of why Marinos would want him so quickly, in January, would be to stop other Japanese clubs from signing him for free next summer.

Someone like Urawa Reds, Nagoya Grampus or even Vissel Kobe could have offered Nakamura a huge signing-on fee, as well as a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. Perhaps Marinos were worried they may not be able to match these personal terms, hence the need to pay a big fee for him when the other clubs would have held back.

By offering 10 million dollars, Celtic would have been virtually forced to sell him for such a good price with only six months’ remaining on his contract, and with plenty of good players in midfield and attack to maintain their momentum in the Scottish Premier League.

Personally, I am happy Shunsuke is staying with Celtic until the end of the season. He will be in top condition for Japan’s World Cup qualifiers early next year, and the winning mentality he has developed at Celtic will no doubt be reflected in his play for Japan.


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Paul Moon.

Posted by: Paul Moon | 01/08/2009 08:55 am

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