With the press speculation that Atletico Madrid and other clubs are taking an interest in Spanish midfield starlet Fran Merida, Arsene Wenger has revealed that a verbal contract has been agreed but remains, as yet, unsigned.
It seems an odd step for the club to take to publish what might be deemed sensitive information on its official website but not only have they done so they also reveal concerns about the actions of other clubs.
Wenger is quoted as saying , ahead of the Premier League encounter away to Wolves at the weekend that “Some clubs are doing work behind our back to destabilise him. We cannot stop them but it is a fact.”
Merida opened his senior goal scoring account with a tremendous strike in the Carling Cup win over Liverpool last week. After the game he was delighted to have scored and expressed his desire to secure a new contract as his current one expires at the end of this season.
“At the moment I am talking to the Club so I don’t know what is going to happen,” he said at the time.
“I am really happy here so hopefully everything is going to be OK. We are going to sit down and talk about [a new contract].”
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