Yaw Frempong Ampomah
Ghana Premier League champions, Asante Kotoko, may be high flying on the pitch at the moment but not so much on the negotiation table as contract extension talks with midfielder Michael Helegbe is reported to have hit a massive snag.
Agoronet.com can confirm that renewal talks with the former Black Meteors captain, who joined the Porcupine Warriors on a two-year deal, have stalled over details of the new terms on the table.
The new contract is reported to be without any immediate financial commitments, a situation Helegbe will not countenance especially as he is owed monies from his old contract. The midfielder seeks to, at least, have his arrears cleared and a percentage of the money agreed on in his new deal paid upfront before appending his signature.
The latest information gathered, however, reveals an attempt by certain personalities within the club to erroneously tag the willing Helegbe as the one dragging his feet and make him look bad the eyes of the club's followers especially now that outfits like Hearts of Oak and Medeama SC are reportedly lurking to hand him a suitable deal.
Michael Helegbe is on record to have said that he would only quit Asante Kotoko if his destination is Europe but with barely two days to the closure of the transfer window, it remains to be seen how steadfast a professional local player can be in a situation such as this.