Why £15 million price tag is fair to QPR but not Taarabt

Adel Taarabt

Get ready for a troublesome summer for Adel Taarabt and QPR.

It would be stating the obvious to comment that QPR are going to have to sell some players this summer, to get rid of the high earners, deadwood, and players who simply don't want to play in the Championship.

In that last category is likely to be Adel Taarabt, who has previously been linked with PSG (before the likes of Zlatan became possible) and improbably midway through the season, Manchester United.

A report yesterday has claimed QPR are going to play hardball when it comes to the Moroccan, setting a price tag of £15 million for his signature.

It's the sort of news which will make Taarabt's heart sink, for he is a player who is clearly ambitious, as given by his sulk at the start of 2011/12 when QPR blocked advances from PSG for his signature.

The thought of playing Championship football is not likely to appeal to him, when ultimately he wants to play Champions League football, as he believes he has the ability, even if the consistency of his performances in the Premier League failed to keep QPR afloat.

No doubt Taarabt will feel the price tag is unfair, because realistically few top sides are going to offer that sort of money for a player in the Championship.

However that doesn't mean a move is out of the question, but before we get there, Taarabt could have a real sulky summer, like Clint Dempsey did at Fulham last season by going on strike.

He will feel he has 'done his time' at QPR, and really, if a decent move is out there, which it may be for £7 million or so, QPR are being unfair by pricing him out of it.

But from a Rangers perspective, the fee is more than fair, because if he is firing, Taarabt is the sort of player who will hand them their escape clause from the Championship.

He did it before, he was sensational in their 2010/11 promotion campaign, and when you consider the financial implications of QPR catapulting themselves straight back into the Premier League - the value of difference maker Taarabt being set at £15 million is more than fair.

The Hoops are in a world of financial worry at present, and they need to get rid of several players who don't want to be there, but Taarabt falls into the category of an asset.

Then it must be considered that after a summer of tough negotiating, Wolves managed to fetch a superb combined £24 million for Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis from Sunderland and West Ham.

While this fee hasn't helped Wanderers in their Championship travails, it shows QPR's price tag on Taarabt not unrealistic, and that if clubs are desperate enough to sign him, they might just.

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