Roll up, roll up, Fratton Park sales start now.
Administator Andrew Andronikou claims Portsmouth have come to an agreement with the Premier League to sell players outside the transfer window.
The financially troubled club initially asked for permission to do business back in February so they could pay their bills.
The Premier League rejected Pompey’s appeal but the situation has now changed and players could be sold immediately to bring in some much-needed revenue.
Andronikou has been given the go-ahead to start negotiations over the sale of the club’s playing assets and the likes of Nadir Belhadj, Marc Wilson, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Tal Ben-Haim could be set to attract interest.
But Andronikou has assured supporters that if any players are snapped up they would be loaned straight back to Pompey.
Portsmouth will therefore retain the same squad until the end of the season as they aim for FA Cup glory and continue to battle in the Premier League.
“We have come to an agreement which means the Premier League has opened the transfer window for me,” Andronikou told The News.
“But the deals would be to sell players now, then they will be loaned back to us until the end of the season, so these players won’t be playing to benefit other teams in the run-in to the end of the season.
“I can assure you the squad will not be changed before the FA Cup semi-final. Or the final, if we get there as we hope.” (Sky Sports)
Now there were some who felt that the bending of Premier League rules to assist Portsmouth as they looked to garner funds to avoid going under would be setting a dangerous precedent and that such action would be grossly unfair. However now that the south coast club have actually been handed the nine point penalty for going into administration it seems that to allow the club to sell any of its players is fair enough and can in no way really help the club in playing terms.
As the deals would only be sealed now but wouldn’t see the players turning out for other teams there can be no benefit to another side who purchases their services so it seems like a wise move to help the Fratton Park side from falling further into the financial mire.
However without wishing to show any disrespect to the club I wouldn’t be too sure there would be too much of a scramble for the players left at the club. After all Pompey have lost the best part of an entire top notch eleven in the space of 18 months and other than Nadir Belhadj I can’t see any other player inducing any type of bidding war.
The big worry of course would be who the club would have left on its books when it inevitably starts its Championship season and whether that side would be able to lead the club to an immediate return.