You can wave a bucketload of cash in a player’s face, but they’re not always guaranteed to take the money and run as far as Chelsea are concerned. It is thought that the Blues’ top three targets this summer included Fernando Torres and Franck Ribery, although both have amazingly decided to stay with their clubs in a shock bout of loyalty, thus passing up the chance to join the most loveable club in Europe.
The Daily Telegraph report that Ribery is having none of the rumours linking him to Stamford Bridge. He declares himself happy at Bayern Munich, especially as the club have undergone a resurgence which sees them back in the Champions League next season.
With owner Roman Abramovich likely to make significant investment in the playing squad this summer, Ribery was among the possible targets, but has signalled a desire to see out his contract at Bayern Munich, which expires in 2011.
“I signed a four-year contract when I arrived at Bayern a year ago and there is a good chance I will fulfil it,” Ribery said. “I have so much fun at this club – it is like Marseille multiplied by 10.”
It now appears that Chelsea are chasing Kaka, offering up Didier Drogba in a potential swap deal with Milan. You can’t excuse them of not aiming high with their transfer targets, although will the cuddly figure of Peter Kenyon be left with egg on his face once again?