Thursday August 1 2013
United target Taider wants pay rise

The agent of Saphir Taider is calling for Bologna to increase his client’s salary after revealing interest from Manchester United.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a possible €18m move to Inter, a fee which his representative feels doesn’t correlate with his present €250,000 annual wage.

“I’ve not heard from Inter,” George Atangana told the Corriere di Bologna. “I have been in touch with other clubs, like Manchester United, though. I told them to directly contact Bologna.

“Saphir is someone who spits blood when he plays. He’s working just as hard right now, but he needs to be treated with respect.

“In football, you should be paid in relation to your performances. You, as well as us, know how much the boy is worth, how he works hard and how important he is to Bologna’s play.

“We see other players at Bologna getting adjustments to their salaries, but nothing for him.

“If Bologna value him at €18m, then how is it possible that they are paying him as if he is worth nothing?

“He deserves more money and I wouldn’t be doing my job correctly if I didn’t ask Bologna to improve his agreement.

“If a club like Manchester United is interested in one of your players then you have to give him what he deserves if you want him to stay.

“Right now, Saphir is not happy.”

The midfielder, an Algerian international, joined the Stadio Dall’Ara outfit in 2011 from French outfit Grenoble.