Victory’s football operations manager, Gary Cole, was seeking clarification on the final details of the proposed move in talks with the Eindhoven club. Under the contractual terms of all A-League players, the Football Federation of Australia has to give approval for all overseas transfers of domestic players.
Victory officials will seek to rubber stamp the move this week, but as Guus Hiddink – the PSV coach – is also the Socceroos boss, the federation is unlikely to stand in Thompson’s way, particularly as the player’s ability to contribute to Australia’s World Cup campaign would be enhanced by working daily with his international boss.
PSV initially wanted Thompson on a loan deal, which could then give it the chance to buy him outright for a pre-determined price, believed to be around EUR250,000 ($400,000). Victory would also retain a share in the player in case PSV sold him at a profit after they paid nothing for Thompson as he was an out-of-contract signing from Belgian side Lierse.
Thompson wants to leave immediately – preferably before Sunday’s crucial A-League clash with Queensland Roar that could finally extinguish Melbourne’s flimsy finals hopes, or breathe life into the club’s season. A Victory spokesman said Thompson would be leaving. “Melbourne Victory, having taken into account Archie’s best interests, have agreed to let him go, subject to the clubs reaching agreement,” the spokesman said.
Thompson said the chance to work with Hiddink at a club good enough to make the Champions League semi-final last season was too good to miss. “I would rather move on as soon as possible now that the situation has reached this stage,” he said. “This is a chance for me as a player to move to a really successful European club.”
“It will also put me in a much better position for the World Cup – the national coach wants to bring me to his club and I will have the chance to train with him every day in the lead-up to the World Cup.” www.sportal.com.au