Under the terms of Joleon’s contract, he is owed £2.1m in wages by City until June 1st.
City are happy to allow the player to negotiate with Turkish side Besiktas, and others, during this window, and WILL seek a top-level replacement if a sale is eventually concluded.
Joleon is more than happy to stay put until the end of the season. His handlers, however, feel he can still break back into the England World Cup reckoning with a high-profile move now.
City are of the mind that any buying club should pick up the majority of his severance package if they want him right away, and incorporate it in his signing-on fee.
Besiktas have made an initial offer of £40,000 a week and we could hear something later today from their president.
Joleon was always overpriced at £24m and it’s fair to say his ball control is the one facet of his game which has left him exposed.
But he has been a loyal servant and has never rocked the boat like some other big-money cast-offs.
Lescott’s agents are hoping they can reach a compromise deal with both City and Besiktas where they pay £1m each to settle the existing wages due to him, and waiver a transfer fee.
Good luck whatever the outcome.