Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Jozy Show

Let's try to get you caught up with the Jozy Altidore-to-AZ scene, even if I am not entirely sure what is going on right now.

There are a lot of variables at play here, so pay attention, there will be a pop quiz later:

  • For starters, AZ Alkmaar have now sold Graziano Pellè and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson. That part is done.
  • Voetbal International reports that AZ has a three-year deal on the table for Altidore, and unsurprisingly, that he would need to agree to some sort of wage slice from his Villarreal paychecks.

    My sense is that he already has, but I do not know if they've agreed on personal terms yet. They may have or they may merely be close.
  • Right now, the hold-up seems to be Villarreal, who obviously want to make back some of the €7 million or so they spent on Jozy back then. Meanwhile, AZ got €4 million for Sigþórsson. Apparently, Villarreal will take that sum, but AZ are not in a position to use 100% of those sale funds.
  • Now, to the inevitable part, one outcome or another: I spoke to Earnie Stewart yesterday after a looooong meeting. He stated that they remain in for Altidore... as one of the players they are discussing.

    This morning, Omroep Brabant reported that AZ were also looking at NAC Breda forward Matthew Amoah, whom Stewart recruited for the Yellow Army while technical director there in 2007. At 30 years of age and with loads of Eredivisie experience, he's clearly a whole new direction and a cheaper one.

    FC Utrecht are also after Amoah right now, but NAC says they've had no official offers to date.
  • On the other end of it, I know Altidore still has a few admirers in the EPL and most likely the same is true in Spain (though I get the feeling Villarreal want to ship him away).

So... where does this all leave us on a move that seemed set to roll over the weekend?

Well, there is the distinct possibility that this is all just symptomatic of business haggling and the deal will get done eventually. Patience isn't just a virtue, it's a revealer.

There is then, naturally, the chance that Jozy will simply end up as a little too rich for AZ's blood. I would find that sad. I'd really like to see this move get done. It may just be the perfect development tonic.

I guess we'll just wait and see.

- Greg Seltzer


strago said...

Interesting. I had a feeling something might snag here and I hope that it doesnt...

Greg Seltzer said...

Well, it may not have snagged so much, as it is running through the typical business posturing. As I said, time will tell.

Matt said...

Lesson to Jozy: don't talk publicly about a deal until everyone has signed in the line that is dotted.

Hope it works out that he can end up at AZ.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, I see what you're getting at... but in this case it really didn't matter because I'd have had my story on it later that day either way. And you guys already knew a Dutch team was taking the lead before that. He really didn't reveal much.

SPA2TACU5 said...

I don't see how Jozy's tweet influenced anything.

He's expensive, that's the possible deal breaker. But it still looks like he's moving to AZ.

Matt said...

Well. It's not really a big deal. But saying he needs to learn how to speak Dutch definitely is implying he had a deal done with a Dutch team, which he clearly doesn't yet. That's my only point.