Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday June 18 2006
Reports in The Star today back up reports made all through the week that Bayern Munich are about to bid for Sweden international captain and Villa defender Olof Mellberg.
The sum mentioned in the paper will get Doug jumping up and down for joy on his new yacht as it is the money that matters, not the good of the club. They say the fee will be in the region of £6million. That bid would guarantee his signature and it would be just down to whether the player wants to go to an ambitious and successful club or remain at one who sell their star players and rely on untested kids.
We asked in the week what would you do if you were Mellberg, seems the vast majority - 88% - would stay in Germany or more to another big club. Only 8% would stay at Villa and 4% were unsure.
Interesting to see if there is any substance to the links, I must admit I've been amazed that no one has come in for him before now, I'd not blame him for leaving, we are in the same boat as when Gareth Southgate left claiming the club had no direction and were drifting. Not only that, but Mellberg hasn't been the same player since David O'Leary came to Villa Park and last season he was often at sixes and sevens with all the different central defensive partners and constant changes to the line up due to injuries.
Date:Sunday June 18 2006
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