Sonny Bill Williams has been the subject of a huge amount of transfer speculation.
Since the conclusion of the World Cup, Sonny Bill Williams has been the subject of much transfer speculation. Within weeks of the tournament ending, Midi Olympique linked Williams with a move to Toulon.
And @midi_olympique says the “coming months” could see the return to France of Sonny Bill with Toulon interested in welcoming him back
— gavin mortimer (@gavinmortimer7) December 11, 2015
This was followed by rumoured interest from a number of Australian Rugby League sides. However it seemed that the double World Cup winning centre was destined to join Toulon, when La Provence reported contract negotiations were at an advanced stage in March.
Later that month it seemed almost inevitable Williams would rejoin Toulon, after La Provence claimed that his arrival date at the Stade Mayol was the final stumbling block in the negotiations.
The following week, Var Martin then reported that negotiations had been concluded, and that an announcement was close. Those claims were substantiated in early April, when Midi Olympique reported a confirmation of Williams’ transfer was imminent.
However nothing was ever announced. Instead all of the momentum seemed to shift in favour of the New Zealand Rugby Union.
Later that month it was suggested Sonny Bill was going to sign a new deal from the NZRU, after being offered a position within the All Black leadership group.
Indeed, kiwi news site, Stuff, even claimed that the NZRU would allow Williams return to boxing as part of a new agreement.
After The New Zealand Herald reported that both the Blues and Chiefs were battling it out to secure the centre’s signature, it seemed almost certain that Sonny Bill would remain in New Zealand.
However, just as it appeared as if NZRU officials were about to keep hold of their prize asset, La Provence stated that both Racing 92 and Montpellier had entered the race to sign Williams.
Given that the transfer saga has taken more twists than an entire series of Game of Thrones, it did not come as a massive surprise when the story took another turn in the Australian media.
Writing in the the Sydney Morning Herald, Danny Weidler has claimed that Williams has received a number of offers from Premiership clubs.
There are massive offers from English rugby clubs. From what I understand, the offers for Williams are at least in the vicinity of the contracts signed by Dan Carter and Matt Giteau.
It’s record-breaking money and the offers are open-ended — anywhere from one to four seasons.
If Weidler is correct, than Kurtley Beale might only be the Premiership’s highest paid player for a short amount of time.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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