Andrea Orlandi is on the verge of agreeing a mutual termination of his contract at Blackpool.
The Seasiders announced at the end of last season that a year-long extension option in the 30-year-old’s contract had been activated, meaning he would remain at Bloomfield Road for the coming season.
But The Gazette understands Orlandi is set to become free agent after an Pool failed in their attempts to contest his claims they’d made an error.
Terms of the player’s contract stated he was entitled to leave if Pool were relegated and he had played 23 full games, or 2070 minutes.
Former manager Lee Clark left Orlandi on the bench for the trip to Cardiff and dropped him altogether for the abandoned final game against Huddersfield, believing he was just under the 2070-minute limit.
However, Orlandi had already exceeded the limit because Pool based its calculations on 90 minutes for a full game, not allowing for added time.
Orlandi was one of Blackpool’s star performers during his 30 appearances last season, and it’s expected his official departure will be announced in the coming days.