Date: 7th May 2008 at 2:30pm
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‘The Sol Campbell to leave Pompey this summer’ talk took another turn today with Pompey’s director of communications Gary Double quoted by the Daily Express as saying: ‘the assessment of Luisao is very good. Campbell will leave and Luisao is Redknapp’s preference for the defence.

‘We have already spoken to Benfica and they have set the fee at £12million as a starting point for negotiations’.

Hmm, interesting, yet to be honest I find it hard to believe that these thoughts are true as this is not the way Pompey handle transfers anymore. Perhaps in the past things like this might have occurred, but we are a much more organised and professional unit on the whole these days.

Everything else aside, lets be realistic here we are not going to pay £12m for a defender are we… are we?

Double has since countered these ‘allegations’ by telling The News: ‘I have been totally misquoted.

‘It is this club’s policy not to discuss transfers’.

In all honesty I feel, and have felt for several months that Campbell will leave this summer, but the ‘alledged quotes’ also came in articles that said he was out of contract this summer, and as far as I am aware he will still have a year to run on his deal anyway – the suggestion is that he may be allowed to leave on a free though…

Players will leave this summer, and plenty will also arrive and maybe Luisao could be one of them, but at a cost of £12m I would be surprised.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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