transfer talk

Mutu's agent rubbishes talk of move to Grozny

September 8, 2009

The agent of Adrian Mutu has dismissed reports claiming the Romanian striker will leave Fiorentina to join Russian League side Terek Grozny.

Adrian Mutu: No move to Russia
GettyImages / RobertoSerraThe Romanian striker is considering his options

The Fiorentina frontman has been linked by the Italian media with a move away from Florence in a bid to raise the money to pay the fine imposed by FIFA on the player.

Mutu was ordered to pay a £14.6m to Chelsea after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld FIFA's ruling for breach of contract.

"Grozny? Let's not joke about it,'' said Mutu's agent Giovanni Becali to the Italian media. "Grozny is a team that is in the middle of the table in the Russian top league, where there are three Romanians playing.

"They can afford him (Mutu) as the club president is friends with (Russian prime minister Vladimir) Putin. But Terek is Terek and Mutu is Mutu and we have not received any offers. Mutu is happy at Fiorentina and has a long contract that will be respected.

"Mutu's main problem is the fine that in one way or another we have to resolve.''

Becali assisted Mutu during the English FA hearing before being surprisingly sacked by the player. He has returned to represent Mutu and hopes a solution will be reached with Chelsea.

"Perhaps Adrian will meet (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich and (Chelsea chief executive Peter) Kenyon,'' said Becali. "We shall see what can be done regarding this fine.''

Mutu was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 when he tested positive for cocaine, but the Blues complained when he resumed his career at Juventus following a drug-ban.

"The problem of Abramovich and Chelsea is not the money,'' said Becali. "They are angry because Juve signed the player as a free transfer only to sell him to Fiorentina for €8m to €9m.

"Of course, had I been his agent back then, I would not have left Chelsea without any guarantees. He was in a hurry, just as his agents were at the time, and this is where we are at.

"Mutu does not have €17m even if he was to play for another five or six years.''