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Kyle Bartley sold to Swansea

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Kyle Bartley IS Harry Redknapp
Kyle Bartley IS Harry Redknapp

According to Sky Sports reports (and confirmed by the player himself), young defender Kyle Bartley has had a medical at Swansea and will join the team on a permanent basis. More details are likely to come in the near future (as the club eventually announces the deal), but for now it appears that Arsenal have allowed a young player being squeezed out by experience to seek his fortune in the Premier League, but with a new team.

According to Jamie Sanderson, the deal was for £1million, which isn't a bad price all things considered. There are rumblings that there's a sell-on clause in the deal as well, but those remain unconfirmed. If so, that would be good business for a player who hasn't really played much.

Bartley has spent most of the past few years on loan, and hasn't really gotten a chance to prove himself at Arsenal. He hasn't been given a chance to prove he deserves one, either, as he's been haunted by injury issues - but he was mostly well-liked at Rangers (where he spent last year on loan) even if he wasn't quite good enough to break through the Vermaelen-Koscielny-Mertesacker-Djourou line.

He has, however, left with class, with his dignity intact.

This is how a player should leave a club. Good luck to Kyle Bartley at Swansea, aside from when he plays against Arsenal.


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