Richard Wilford’s harrowing message this morning suggested that Blues are seeking clarification from the EFL as to whether their agreed business plan permits the club to offer a new contract to Michael Morrison, the captain.
It’s a clear indicator that the EFL are serious about holding Blues to account for breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
However, as sombre as the picture may be, a model which forbids a club from signing players as well as retaining the players they already have is not sustainable. A club simply cannot run this way.
Understandably, any approach to a new contract for any player must be a sensible one and may need to be given the green light by the EFL to ensure it falls within set limits.
Morrison’s contract expires in June. The rules state: “With six months or less remaining on an existing contract for players aged 23 or older, they are free to negotiate with other clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement, indicating their ability to move to their intended club on a Bosman transfer when the next transfer window opens”.
In layman’s terms, Morrison is free to talk to other clubs in January with a view to moving in the summer.
Garry Monk has previously spoke of the importance of his captain and the pivotal role he plays both on and off the pitch.
In many ways, tying him down to a new deal will be viewed as a fantastic piece of business, better than any signing Blues could realistically afford during the forthcoming transfer window.