Many would have been slightly surprised that Esteban Granero decided to leave the might of Real Madrid to sign for QPR in the Premier League, the side rooted to the bottom of the table. Fortunes have not been transformed via the transition from Mark Hughes to Harry Redknapp as manager.
However, the Spaniard shouldn’t be too worried because if reports from SportsMole are to be believed, Italian Serie A giants Fiorentina are ready to snap him up for his release clause which will be activated if QPR are relegated to the Championship. This clause is thought to be in the region of £5.5 million.
Many still expect QPR to get out of trouble and start climbing the Premier League table but it’s difficult not to draw a parallel to Fiorentina already; sixth in Serie A with a serious shot at making at least the Europa League by the end of the season. If that parallel stays similar then it doesn’t take a genius to work out the best move for Granero at the end of the season.
However, for now Granero needs to be focused on getting QPR out of trouble. He is without doubt the best player technically in their midfield and he is one of the most creative players the club have at their disposal. Many fans will probably expect him to engineer an escape route for himself but that doesn’t mean he should get lackadaisical or lethargic in his views towards the London based club.
It will be difficult for a player of his quality to leave a side like Real Madrid and sign for QPR on the basis that they would be pushing for the top half of the table by Christmas. Mark Hughes signed a lot of players last summer and Redknapp has now had to come in and start the whole process of inventing his own system for the side all over again.
If QPR do stay up then Granero would have been integral to their survival. He has started in 12 games for the club and has come off of the bench on two occasions. The problem QPR may have at the end of the season is matching the terms offered inside an approach from Fiorentina or any other club because Granero is high profile, well represented and would be likely to request a better deal based on his preconceptions of QPR and the way the team has subsequently played.
There’s no doubting that it’s a sorry state of affairs where reports suggest that a get out route is already on the way for certain players but there is a lot of the season left to go and plenty of time for QPR to get out of trouble.
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