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Chelsea Set to Break Transfer Record For £43m Playmaker

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The Rumour

CHELSEA are locked in talks to sign Bayern Munich ace Franck Ribery for £43million.
The two clubs are believed to have agreed the fee and Blues are now thrashing out terms with the 26-year-old French international midfielder.

Ribery is holding out for a bumper £125,000-a-week salary AFTER tax but Chelsea are reluctant to offer more than £90,000 a week.

If the Londoners do close the deal it will be a bitter blow to Premier League rivals Manchester United, who have long wanted the Frenchman as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Source: (The Sun)

The Analysis

News breaking this morning may appear to throw a spanner in the works with regards to the Blues move for Franck Ribery but I wouldn’t take anything for granted just yet. What does seem fairly likely is that the playmaker will leave Bayern Munich after they lost out on retaining the title to Wolfsburg given the French International a perfect excuse to move.

The Times suggested that the 26 year old was set to agree terms on a move to Real Madrid but that would surprise me given the state of flux at the Bernabeu side. Juande Ramos’s tenure at the club doesn’t seem certain and perhaps a move for Franck is merely something of a hopeful move from president elect Florentino Perez and maybe they are still chasing Cristiano Ronaldo? Who knows!

Chelsea too are in a period of uncertainty, they don’t appear to have a manager lined up to replace Guus Hiddink at present so clearly a move for any player would surely have to wait until a new boss was brought in to okay it. Ribery as a player is well worth the fuss, the mesmerizing attacker would be welcomed by any club on planet football right now.

The Likelihood

Ribery to Chelsea: Don’t rule out an eleventh hour move to Stamford Bridge, especially if the manager who comes in takes Franck’s fancy.

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