Have things really got that desperate at Stamford Bridge? I doubt it.
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Chelsea make Joleon Lescott their second choice if David Luiz proves too expensive
Chelsea have earmarked Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott as an alternative if they fail to prise David Luiz from Benfica.
The Premier League champions are determined to bring in a centre half and have so far made bids of £17m and £21m plus Paulo Ferreira for 23-year-old Luiz yet Benfica insist they want at least £26m or the deal is off.
Manchester City offered a similar amount last season but still failed to land the Brazilian as Benfica demanded £35m and Chelsea are wary of being dragged into a saga should they match the demands.
However, owner Roman Abramovich has long been aware of the qualities Luiz could bring to his ailing squad and is eager to give it one last shot.
Carlo Ancelotti has drawn up a shortlist of five possible centre halves which is also understood to include Wolfsburg’s Simon Kjaer, Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Lazio’s Stefan Radu.
However, left-sided Lescott fits the profile of what they want should a deal for Luiz fail.
Chelsea would only want to offer around £8.5million for the 28-year-old England international as they are wary of his knee problems.
City would want more for a player they spent £22m on barely 18 months ago but are keen to start recouping some hard cash for their fringe players.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Let’s forget for a minute, if we can, just how much Manchester City paid Everton for Joleon Lescott and instead ask the very pertinent question. Is the 28 year old defender good enough to ply his trade for any team looking to be genuine title chasers? Surely the honest answer to that question is an emphatic NO.
Even though it is clear that the Eastlands side has more money than they can ever possibly spend they really did go overboard when they paid David Moyes £22m for Lescott, indeed Everton supporters might want to know what happened to that money as it didn’t appear to go back into signing players.
Roberto Mancini was not the manager at the time of that purchase so he can be absolved of such reckless spending and indeed the Italian appears to have little use for the adaptable defender who is only picked when injuries to team-mates negate the need to select the Birmingham born defender as cover.
So why then would Chelsea show interest in the one time Wolves man? Yes Carlo Ancelotti needs central defensive back up but he doesn’t need it so bad as to a) attempt to take a player from a direct rival and b) have to pay over the odds to do so.
Chelsea reportedly value Joleon Lescott at £8.5m which seems fair and Man City rather mistakenly believe they can fool another club into spending as wildly as they did. Perhaps they will meet in the middle and settle on £15m but I doubt it.
Again I hasten to repeat that I don’t think that Lescott is a BAD player just that he is not a very GOOD one.
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