Jun 21

‘We can’t afford Squillaci’s wages’, admits Bastia president

French side Bastia have turned their attentions elsewhere after their president admitted Sebastien Squillaci’s wage demands are ‘too expensive’ for the Ligue 1 team.

Squillaci, whose contract expires next summer, moved to Emirates Stadium on a three-year deal in 2010 and was deemed surplus to manager Arsene Wenger’s plans last summer but a permanent move never came to fruition despite tentative interest from AS Monaco.

The 31-year-old is expected to have his Arsenal contract terminated by mutual agreement soon, while a selection of French teams’ including Bastia make approaches for the experienced centre back.

However, Squillaci’s excessive wage demands have scared many interested clubs off with Bastia’s president Pierre-Marie Geronimi admitting to French radio station RMC that they’ve turned their attentions to cheaper defensive options instead.

Ex-Sevilla centre back Squillaci has made just 23 appearances since arriving from Spain in 2010.

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10 Responses to “‘We can’t afford Squillaci’s wages’, admits Bastia president”

  1. athlon says:

    I seriously hope that Wenger won’t register him on the squad list just as he did with Almunia.

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  2. adam says:

    he aint worth more then £100 a week and i mean pounds,

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  3. TC says:

    Its quite easy to deal with – Arsenal need to pay up his contract and then thats it!

    It is Arsenal who created this situation so they need to pay up to get out of it. Take it out of Wengers wages – he misjudged so badly.

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  4. Greenster says:

    get him out of Arsenal as he is not good enough and eating away at money which could and should be used elsewhere, get ur balls out wenger and sling him into touch plzzzz…..

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  5. Shola from Lagos Nigeria says:

    Mr Wenger, please sell this man and some useless players in Arsenal (Chamakh and co) and buy Arsenal quality player for Christ sake. I love Arsenal but hate the way u do in transfer market, is it ur father’s money? Please we fans in Nigeria need trophies. Gunners till I die

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  6. silentstan says:

    a classic example of wengers ridiculous philosophy of having all squad members on similar salaries. what a prat

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  7. MJB says:

    I wonder what wages he’s actually demanding?

    Perhaps he ought to look for clubs in the Conference league. They’ll be more up to his standard. ;-)

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  8. Red25 says:

    And Gazidis says we have a vast network of scouts, and study players before signing them.. what the hell did they see in schillachi? Chamakh it could be argued was doing well in France – and came on a free…

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  9. Jack says:

    He is not good enough and not worth money he earns but he is not the one to blame for it. Arsene signed him.
    Anyway I hope maybe some asian clubs will make an offer that he will accept. It’s only option if we want to make any money.

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  10. Will 49 unbeaten says:

    We should just cut the loss and pay him off, a lot of you are having a go at wenger, yes he did sign him but wenger has only made a couple of mistakes in all the years he been there, Evan fergie gets it wrong at utd, there only human and ppl make mistakes, let’s just look at the positive steps the club is taking this season, we will be ready to push for the league

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