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Chelsea in hunt for French midfielder – despite 31 million price tag

We all know that money is no object to Chelsea, especially when Roman Abramovich continues to financially support the club with his small change. Where the Blues are involved, other clubs know that they can often add a zero to player’s price tags and be fairly optimistic that their suitors will stump up the readies – just ask Porto.

The Daily Mail report that Chelsea FC are ready to spend big bucks to bring the talented Franck Ribery to Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman has had a strong season for Bayern Munich, helping them to win the Bundesliga with some ease. Now he’s wanted by the Blues to help them regain the Premier League title.

Roman Abramovich has been told he will have to pay a British record transfer fee to prise Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich. Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has already made contact with Bayern about the midfielder’s proposed move to Stamford Bridge but a decision will not be made until the end of Euro 2008.

Ribery has emerged as one of Chelsea’s top three transfer targets this summer – AC Milan midfielder Kaka and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres are the others – but Chelsea will have to pay in excess of £31million to sign the France midfielder.

Nothing like aiming your sights high eh Kenyon? Chelsea have already done business with Bayern to bring Michael Ballack to the Bridge, although it’s not clear whether Ribery actually wants to leave in the same way that the former wanted to experience English football. Surely there’s no doubt that this would be a great addition to the Chelsea squad, perhaps bringing the Blues career of Florent Malouda to a halt?

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