Ligue 1 big spenders want Anfield midfielder.
Joe Cole has emerged as one of Paris Saint-Germain’s top transfer targets as they plan their ambitious summer spending.
Cole, who is on loan from Liverpool with French club Lille, is on Carlo Ancelotti’s shopping list.
The midfielder’s loan spell with Lille ends in May and Liverpool are prepared to listen to offers for Cole at the end of the season.
He has flourished in French football and Ancelotti’s wants to make him part of one of the grand project at Paris St Germain.
Lille want to keep Cole, but his £130,000 a week salary is a huge problem for them.
Liverpool have heavily subsidised his wages during his spell in France, but Cole is not prepared to take a drop in money when he makes his next move.
He still has two years remaining on his contract at Liverpool and although they will let him quit for £5m, his wages are an issue for Lille.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Joe Cole has done well at Lille and have proved that the taking risks can benefit a flagging career in the long term. The 30 year old midfielder could have opted for a season warming the bench at Anfield or perhaps taken the chance on a temporary move to a mid-table Premier League side but the England hopeful, who may still have dreams of an international recall, has grown as a player since moving to the Stade Metropole and could well reap the rewards this summer.
PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti lost Cole during his tenure at Stamford Bridge due to a protracted dispute between the player and the Blues board and the Italian clearly values the attacking midfielder and will have been impressed with his attitude at Lille this term.
Cole has racked up over 30 appearances for his Ligue 1 side and if Lille are unable to find the funds to snap up the Liverpool man this summer then a move to the Parc des Princes will surely tempt the former Chelsea man.
Kenny Dalglish may well have wished Cole was still at Anfield as a number of wide and central midfield options have struggled this term and the Londoner may well have forced his way into the first team ahead of the likes of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam this season.
Alberto Aquilani is also said to be close to completing a permanent move away from the Merseyside club and is likely to make his temporary move to AC Milan a permanent one this summer.