Date: 17th December 2008 at 10:15am
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Pompey have confirmed on the Pompey Site that a ‘substantial offer’ from Madrid has been accepted for Lassana Diarra.

A Pompey spokesman said: ‘we have always said that we would only allow our players to leave if we received an exceptional bid.

‘We could not stand in the way of a move such as this for Lassana.

‘It shows how far the club has come under the ownership of Alexandre Gaydamak when Real Madrid come in for one of our players.

‘Should the deal be completed, the club has already identified possible replacements.’

The Frenchman will now travel to Madrid to talk terms with the deal concluded when the January transfer window reopens – so unfortunately we will not get to see him in a Pompey shirt again, as had been hoped at least one more time before he went…

Quite how much this ‘substantial offer’ is remains unknown, anything from £9m-£24m is touted, if the lower figure that is in no way ‘substantial’, if the latter then that is very, very good business!

I am hearing it is £16.5m, which I think is just about enough to be honest, as I have always said £15m plus would be the minimum, and to see him go to a world class outfit like Madrid softens the blow as well. In theory this ‘should’ allow us to keep other star names at least?

We will miss him, without a doubt, but this day was always going to come – lets just hope that we do genuinely have someone lined up, although clearly they will not be as talented as him, and Tony Adams can spend a chunk of that money on new players, or at least turn loans into permanent deals…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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