Tough break for Heinze. What’s going to happen to him now that he has to return to Manchester? Will he be welcomed back with open arms?
Heinze loses Anfield transfer bid
‘The letter did not create an obligation or binding agreement for the club to transfer the player to any particular club’
Staff and agencies
Tuesday August 21, 2007
A Premier League panel today dismissed Gabriel Heinze’s attempts to leave Manchester United for Liverpool, upholding his current employers’ claims that they had only agreed to a transfer abroad.
Heinze contended that he should be allowed to become the first player to move from United to Anfield since Phil Chisnall in 1964, after the Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez had matched United’s requested transfer fee. However, the panel decided that a letter, signed by Manchester United’s chief executive David Gill, confirming that United would be willing to sell Heinze for £6.8m, did not constitute a definitive undertaking to sell the player.
“The hearing concluded that nature and intention of the disputed June 13 2007 letter, especially when taken in context of verbal discussions and Manchester United’s transfer policy, was unambiguous in that it envisages only an international transfer,” read a Premier League statement. “Furthermore the hearing finds the letter constitutes an ‘agreement to agree’, and did not create an obligation or binding agreement for the club to transfer the player to any particular club.
“In other words the letter is evidence of an intention to negotiate, both between the parties and with potential buying clubs, and not evidence of any intention to create legal relations.”
Heinze does have the right to appeal to the Premier League appeals committee, which is made up of an independent, legally-qualified chairman, a member of the Premier League panel and a PFA appointee. Understandably, the decision has delighted United, who were represented by both manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Gill at the hearing in London.