SOL SOLD TO THE DEVILS - WENGER
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The wily Gunners boss, when quizzed on the possible availability of Tottenham`s centre half, stated: "There is Sol Campbell, who is unfortunately at Tottenham, but I haven`t made an inquiry for him. Anyway, I have heard he has signed for Manchester United."
Both Wenger and Spurs` George Graham were aware of Emile Heskey`s decision to join Liverpool, months before the transfer was finalised, and it can be safely assumed that Campbell will be on his way after the Euro 2000 Finals.
As we reported last week, Spurs have already sent scouts out across Europe in a bid to find a potential replacement, and they also signed Campbell-clone Anthony Gardner from Port Vale a short while ago.
Any talk of England star Campbell joining Arsenal is well wide of the mark, indeed the player himself confirmed on Friday that he would never consider moving across North London, but a switch to Old Trafford would appeal.
Sir Alex Ferguson knows that, even despite his side`s continued success this term, his defence has been susceptible on many occasions with Mickael Silvestre failing to justify his arrival from Inter Milan.
The Frenchman`s indecision has even caused the impressive Jaap Stam to look fallible, at times, with Henning Berg being drafted back into the side to help steady the ship.
Campbell and Stam would form a rather formidable defensive barrier at United, but it will leave Spurs with a huge void to fill at the heart of their defence.
Meanwhile, Wenger has revealed the increasing fears that transfer fees will disappear and players will become free to move between clubs at will.
"Clubs are scared that transfer fees will be cut by Fifa and the market will change. The law is you cannot refuse any employee the chance to get a better living somewhere else, no matter what length of contract you are on.
"There would be no transfer fees, so the player would just buy up the remainder of his contract and go."