The Marta Situation
Just to make a short recap, Umeå manager Roland Arnqvist met with Marta's agent Fabiano Farah when Brazil guested Umeå before the World Cup. Farah stated that Marta wants to stay in Umeå, but her decision would be dependent of what kind of offer Umeå can put on the table.
Marta's performance in the World Cup, not the least in the match against USA, probably had something to do with what happened next. The AEG group, owner of the MLS club LA Galaxy and behind the Los Angeles franchise in the new US women's league (but in Sweden simply called David Beckham's club), was reported to have contacted Marta with a, for women's football, huge offer. An 8 or maybe 10 years long contract worth something like US$ 2-3 millions, starting immedeately after the Olympic Games in China 2008. "There is no way we can compete with that kind of money" was Arnqvist's reaction, but added that Marta has turned down bigger money than Umeå has been able to offer before. Marta herself said that the offer from AEG was "interesting", but that she had matches to play before she would make up her mind.
The next step was that Umeå increased their bid, offering Marta somewhere close to SEK 100,000 a month. This is on the other hand more than the club can afford, so they started a fundraising campaign, targeting both local business and individuals. "Marta has done more to put Umeå on the map then any other individual" argued manager Arnqvist, who already has managed to get promises from a couple of local companies.
The new offer from Umeå apparently pleased Marta and her agent. Newspapers quoted them saying that they are 90 % in agreement with Umeå. But 10 % can still be a lot and manager Arnqvist denied in a short press statement that there was any agreement: "It is no news that all concerned parties wants an extension. [..] But from there it can still be a long road to an agreement."
Västerbottenskuriren: "USA skulle vara intressant", UIK startar insamling för Marta, Marta funderar på USA-budet, Marta får över en miljon i lön
Västerbottens Folkblad: Arnqvist dementerar Marta-rykte
Dagens Nyheter: Insamling ska rädda Marta kvar i Umeå, Marta stannar i Umeå
SVT: Marta INTE klar för Umeå (video)
A very good source tells me that Marta's agent is lying about the deal with LA Galaxy. And this is from someone on the inside of WUSA 2009. The numbers aren't even close to that. Kind of sleezy on the agent's part, but oh well.
im from california, and although it would be fun to watch her in person, a US team doesn't deserve to have her on the team
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