Bidding war: Carter could be top earner

2012-12-22 00:00

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 internationals.

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 Achilles injury.

The Rugby Paper said Racing Metro president Jacky Lorenzetti was a long-term admirer of Carter reportedly offering him a £4 million (R56 million), three-year contract after the World Cup, but now Toulon’s own multi-millionaire owner, Mourad Boudjellal, has entered the fray.

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