Kharkiv boss tells owner to let Taison join Chelsea
January 09, 2013
Metalist Kharkiv manager Miron Markevich has urged the club to allow Brazilian Taison to complete his move to Chelsea.
The two clubs have yet to agree a transfer fee, with Metalist believed to be asking for more than the £12.4million fee that will trigger a release clause in his contract.
Chelsea agreed to pay £12.4m before Christmas and thought the deal would go through without a hitch this month but Metalist had a change of ownership at the end of December.
The new man in charge, Serhiy Kurchenko, is determined to keep the club’s best players, including Taison, in order to challenge Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev for domestic honours, as well as trying to compete in the Champions League.
But attacking midfielder Taison, who turns 25 on Sunday, has already set his sights on moving to Stamford Bridge.
Taison was a guest at Chelsea before Christmas and claims to have held talks with owner Roman Abramovich over a move.
He is also believed to have agreed terms and Markevich fears the player will not be committed to Metalist should the transfer fall through.
Markevich said: “If he does not play with the soul and heart of Kharkiv, he is not with Metalist and it is better to let him go.
“Prior to the change of ownership of the club, there was an option for parting with Taison. At the same time, the new owner does not share this position and does not think that we must part with Taison.
“He has a clause in the contract, according to which, if any club will offer $20million [£12.4m] or more, we will be forced to sell him. If this happens, I would urge the owner to part with Taison. I am sure that I can, for that money, buy two players to replace Taison and it will only strengthen the team.”