According to the reports below, Rafa Benitez is looking to pounce after this Chelsea man reportedly expressed his annoyance at not being part of the new coach’s first team plans.
Rafael Benitez has reportedly declared an interest in the England international and Cole wants urgent assurances from new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari that he has a future at Stamford Bridge. (Telegraph)
Joe Cole is demanding assurances over his future from Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe
Scolari after Liverpool declared an interest in the England midfielder.
Cole fears he will be frozen out of the starting XI when the Barclays Premier League season starts against Portsmouth on Sunday and he has also been spooked by the potential arrival of Robinho.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, who believes he has been priced out of a move for Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry, is aware of Cole’s predicament and is prepared to make a move if Chelsea indicate a willingness to sell.
Sportsmail can reveal that Scolari has not been convinced by the England midfielder in pre-season and has urged Chelsea to sign Robinho as a direct replacement. (Daily Mail)
This is a shocker that I didn’t see coming, these reports (not from me i hasten to add but from the sources quoted above) are surprising to say the least. Joe Cole has been pretty consistent during his time at Stamford Bridge, but if Big Phil doesn’t rate the England man, then he will have plenty of suitors.
Rafa seems determined to look for a winger to add to his impressive forward pairing, and the former West Ham man could fit the bill very nicely indeed. The £15m-rated 26-year-old Chelsea man has bags of experience and could provide creativity that the Merseyside lack coming from out wide (with the exception of the excellent Babel). Do Liverpool fans think that Joe Cole would be a great signing or should their Spanish boss look elsewhere?