As I'm sure many of you do, every year in September I start looking for the best players who'll be available on pre-contracts come January time. Often I'll do this to supplement my own squad, or even just to "flip" the player (signed Mame Diouf on a free, loaned him out for a season with full wages, then sold him for £11.5 million)...
The fact I do that is probably why it's even more frustrating when I have a player who is refusing to sign a new contract. The player in question is Pedro, originally at Sampdora. I've had him for a couple of years, loaned him out to gain experience and thus didn't realise he was only signed on a 3 year contract.
His status is now "Free Transfer", is there anyway to reverse this? It's been like this since about September, in which time I've given him a lot lot more first team football, still no change. I've attempted to terminate his contract, or offer a mutual termination, in an attempt to then re sign him immediately, no change. I've changed his squad status to key player, still no change.
Is there any other way I can hang on to him? It's now January and I've been trying to address the issue gradually over months as I really don't want to lose him!