Udinese’s want-away centre back, Cristian Zapata, has apparently had enough of merely being linked with various top European clubs with no end result, and has decided to take the matter into his own hands, by terminating his contract with the Serie A side and forcing a move elsewhere.
Zapata is contracted to Udinese until 2014, but will exploit FIFA Article 17 to engineer a move to Manchester City; basically, if a player under 28 signs a contract with a club, he is entitled to buy out the rest of his contract 3 years after the deal was signed.
The Colombian centre-back could, therefore, terminate his contract with almost immediate effect, and would then be available as a free agent to any of the clubs which have reportedly shown such an interest in him in the past.
Last summer, Zapata’s agent told Calciomercato that “for several years now, Zapata has been linked to prestigious clubs and that means he is doing things well.” At the time, Arsenal were favourites to sign the player, although the deal eventually fell through.
Inter were also rumoured to be considering a bid, and Roberto Mancini stepped up his interest in Zapata after fellow money-bags Zenit St Petersburg were also lined with a move. Yet despite all the interest, nothing materialised, and the 24-year-old is now looking to make life as easy as possible for City or anyone else who might want him – all they have to do is offer him a contract.
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