Discussion in 'The Transfer List' started by Johnny Todd Sings, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Johnny Todd Sings

    Johnny Todd Sings First Year Pro


    Watford have lost their case against Napoli on the transfer of Zuniga. The agreement between the clubs was that Watford would pay Euro3m if Zuniga played 12 games for at least 30 minutes. Zuniga played 11 Premier League games and two under 23 games. Watfrod argued that the under 23 games didn't count. The FIFA player status commission disagreed and found in favour of Napoli. the transfer is deemed to have taken place and Watford must pay the transfer fee.
  2. Carpster

    Carpster Squad Player

    Good news at last
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  3. luke_golden

    luke_golden Space Cadet

    Worth every penny.
  4. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    Why on earth do reserve matches count??

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  5. Burnsy

    Burnsy First Team

    I love that this is in the transfer section.

    3m for a player that doesn’t even play for us and seemingly we never even therefore sold.

    Pozzo model.
  6. Cude>2<

    Cude>2< First Team Captain

    Still a better deal than Ellington.
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  7. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss First Team

    I wonder how much Napoli had to bribe the FIFA committee .
  8. Hornpete

    Hornpete Squad Player

    250k per game.
  9. Finally a transfer and at a decent price. Typical Pizza deal. Welcome to Watford Zuniga.
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  10. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard First Team

    Worth every penny for that goal against United
  11. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    I suppose they wouldn't if someone had been sharp enough to explicitly exclude them from the contract.
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  12. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team Captain

    As it appears Napoli have won the case, then I expect there was a certain degree of ambiguity in the contract which stated something like 12 Watford appearances, but not 12 first team appearances or something along those lines.

    It was a mess-up on our part and they now have to pay £3m. Now that does open a can of worms, in that Napoli transferred 'our' player to Atletico Nacional, but it was a free transfer. Had the transfer been of monetary value, then I think there would be grounds for compensation, but being a free transfer, maybe not.

    I think we've got to chalk this one up to experience and move on.
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  13. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    IIRC Zuniga went back to Napoli who then loaned him out to a Colombian team.

    If technically he was our player then, then Napoli should be paying us loan fees for that period.

    This whole saga whiffs a bit.

    I'd charge them €4M for loaning our player back to them.
  14. How can they transfer him if they claim they believed he was our player ? Or had that "deemed" contract expired by then ?
  15. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team Captain

    It's murky waters for sure...….they could claim Watford gave him back for free! Who knows the ins and outs of it all. As I say, it's probably best to draw a line under it, pay the money and move on.

    We may well do business with Napoli in the future and it's not worth going after them over something like this, IMO.
  16. Heidar

    Heidar Reservist

    Also makes up for the extremely dodgy Britos deal

    Napoli sign Allan from Udinese, and as part of that deal Watford get a free CB? Hmmmm.
  17. Shhhhh
  18. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Didn't he win the pen too?
  19. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    Registered in time to play vs Everton?
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  20. põder

    põder First Year Pro

    Watford seem to have some utter incompetents on the staff. Only in football would anyone say "So X didn't read the contract and it cost the firm £3m, oh well never mind move on". And let's face it, this is the latest in a line of expensive admin ****-ups. I guess Gino wasn't around for the MBA module on choosing the right team to support your business.
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  21. ITK platypus

    ITK platypus Squad Player

    A bizarre and obscure Watford player who will be remembered for one moment. Fair play to the boy.
  22. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I'm currently working on a contract with a client for about 150k per year. There is an extensive and detailed process from both sides, where every single word and definition is covered and discussed.

    How on earth this isn't the case where £3m is at stake is hilarious. I wish I could get involved with being a football agent or something. Just once I could take a stupid, desperate club to the cleaners and be set for life.
  23. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Just like Albert and his throw-in.
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  24. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    Another Pozzo masterstroke. I am getting tired of all this WINNING.

    Oh wait, it says we lost. Nevermind.
  25. We'd have won if we wanted to !

  26. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    This is a truly bizarre situation.

    If we supposedly should have bought the player, then he's ours. That means Napoli don't have the right to sell him, so they sold a player they have no right to.

    In essence their position is "we sold them this player and they owe us money" while they also act as the owner of the player and then sold him on. Given that the player has moved a couple of time since this situation arose, the smart decision in a position of ambiguity would have been to rule on the side that maintains the status quo.

    Instead, we have a situation where Napoli recouped a transfer fee AND also moved the player on elsewhere (possibly as a makeweight). Odd to say the least.
  27. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    The Pozzo staff roster is a hive of incompetence. This is laughable. Any accountability here for the buffoon then cost us £3m for not doing their job properly or is it just shrug and move on to the next idiotic move?
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  28. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    We probably stuffed Mariappa in at full back a couple of times as well, nodding smugly that it would prevent Napoli getting their fee if we didn’t use Zuniga.
  29. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    If Napoli upset the Pozzo's where are they going to sign their players from?
  30. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Gino has sent FIFA his HSBC bank details to fulfill payment.
  31. Timbers

    Timbers Apeman

    If I remember, did he not play for anyone for about a half year afterwards because he was still registered with us, despite not being named in any squad for Napoli? It basically finished his career. I wonder if he can now claim compensation as well?

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