With Premier League teams Middlesbrough and Manchester City apparently competing to sign Brazilian wonder-striker Afonso Alves, AZ Alkmaar could be ready to throw a spanner in the works after they announced Alves had signed for them.
They believe Heerenveen gave them permission to speak to the forward, and they have a transfer agreement in place with both the club and the player to allow Alves his move.
However, as rival bids came in for Alves, the deal failed to materialise, but in new evidence, the case is going to the KNVB (Dutch FA) to settle the rights of who owns the player.
AZ claim to have documents signed by Afonso Alves agreeing a contract to start on January 1st 2008, and a written transfer deal with Heerenveen, although crucially, this is not fully signed.
Infuriated by the arrival of Afonso Alves on Teesside, apparently to discuss a move, AZ are seeking legal action, in order to decide who owns the forward.
A statement from AZ announced that: “There is a signed transfer agreement between AZ and SC Heerenveen about the transfer of Afonso Alves to AZ. Also there has been an agreement about the share, which Alves gets with a possible transfer according to his contract with Heerenveen, between all parties.”
It continues: “There is a signed transfer document by AZ and Alves which is handled by the KNVB. However, Heerenveen refuses to sign this document. Because of this AZ has requested court action by KNVB to force Heerenveen to sign the documents.”
However, even if AZ do get their man, Alves seems set on a move away from Holland, with Middlesbrough likely to come back in for the striker whether he is at AZ or Heerenveen.
More recently, the Dutch FA does seem to be confirming that Alves will become an AZ player, despite the fact (which baffles me) that Heerenveen have not signed an agreement allowing the sale.