Cape Town - French clubs Toulon and Racing Metro are reportedly vying
for All Blacks star Dan Carter in a deal that would make him the
highest-paid player in the game.
According to the Stuff.co.nz website's Duncan Johnstone, Carter, recently named the IRB's Player of the Year, has a
sabbatical built into his current New Zealand contract and it looks like
he could make a fortune out of it.
The Rugby Paper in England suggested current negotiations could see
Carter take his break after next year's end of year tour of Europe. That
would see him miss the 2014 Super Rugby championship and the June
Carter hasn't hidden his desire to return to Europe for a playing
stint after his last effort with Perpignan was cut short because of an
The Rugby Paper said Racing Metro president Jacky Lorenzetti was a
long-term admirer of Carter reportedly offering him a £4m (R56m), three-year contract after the World Cup but now Toulon's own
multi-millionaire owner, Mourad Boudjellal, has entered the fray.
With England star Jonny Wilkinson's playing days at Toulon now numbered, there will be a vacancy in the No 10 jersey there.
A source told The Rugby Paper: "Boudjellal has been in contact with
Dan's representatives so it will probably come down to a bidding war
between them and Metro.
"Metro really want to bring him over and what they have in their
favour is that Carter (right) is set to have a young family and Paris
would be very attractive in that regard."
But Toulon have the advantage of Heineken Cup action while Racing
Metro are currently struggling in France's Top 14 championship.
The big question for the 30-year-old will be whether to use the
sabbatical to play and earn extra or take a complete break like his good
friend and captain Richie McCaw is now doing with a six-month stint on
the sidelines to freshen up.