stamford Bridge boss plans surprise bid for French international.
CHELSEA made a £30million move for French star Franck Ribery yesterday.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has turned to Ribery in his search for a world-class playmaker after being frustrated by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s tough stance over Luka Modric.
But Bayern Munich will not consider a deal for less than £36m. The Blues are ready to hand him a pay deal worth £10m a year.
Now AVB must decide whether to match the German giants’ valuation.
Chelsea are determined they are not going to be left behind by Manchester United and big-spending Manchester City.
Carlo Ancelotti tried to sign Ribery, 28, two years ago but was quoted a price of £88m by Bayern president Uli Hoeness.
SOURCE: The Sun
It seems highly unlikely Bayern Munich would consider the sale of one of their most important players, not after seeing their Bundesliga crown taken by Borussia Dortmund last term, to accept such a deal would show that the Bavarian club lacked ambition and the German giants don’t need the cash so even if an improved bid was made it would surely be turned down.
The chances of a last ditch move to bring French international wigner Franck Ribery to Stamford Bridge rest solely on the player himself and whether he is willing to force the issue and push for a move to the Premier League.
The former Marseille man is in his fifth season at the Allianz Arena and has been a huge hit since his move to Bayern Munich, notching up 52 goals in 144 appearances, as well as two domestic titles and a Champions League runners-up medal.
Andre Villas-Boas and especially owner Roman Abramovich would like to complete this sale to prove to big spenders Man City that they have what it takes to complete big money moves and the desire to flex their financial muscles may lead to a second improved bid.
The Blues could do with adding more creativity to a midfield that has thus far struggled to break down Stoke City, West Brom and Norwich City this season.
Chelsea have the bite in midfield with the likes of Michael Essien, Ramires and John Obi Mikel providing the steel but other than Frank Lampard and new signing Juan Mata, there appears a lack of forward momentum, especially as Florent Malouda doesn’t appear to be part of Villas-Boas’s regular first team plans.
However one big obstacle to Chelsea’s interest is the fact that the Bayern Munich man has taken part in the club’s Champions League qualifiers with FC Zurich so is now cup tied from the competition.