Let the bidding war begin.
Chelsea have made their first significant move since their transfer embargo was suspended by making a preliminary £14m offer for the Everton teenager Jack Rodwell, which has been rejected by the Merseyside club.
Rodwell, 18, who has made 18 appearances this season, has impressed to such an extent that he has become the most sought after young English player. There has already been interest signalled by Manchester City and Manchester United, but Chelsea are the first team to make a serious offer to Everton.
The teenager began his career at Everton’s academy as a centre-back but has developed into an elegant central midfielder. Over 6ft tall, he made his debut at 16 and is established in the England Under-21 side.
It has become a point of principle for David Moyes that the player is not sold within the next 12 months. The Everton manager is keen that Rodwell is given an improved deal despite signing a five-year contract in February. (Independent)
I am not surprised that Carlo Ancelotti has shown an interest in the impressive young England man and I am equally not surprised that the offer was, as reported, turned down, but what now? Man United were reportedly very much in the hunt for the Everton midfielder so expect some more bids to come raining in for the 18 year old.
David Moyes will dearly like to keep hold of the England Under 21 man but in reality he is fighting a losing battle and in a year or two I think it very unlikely he will still be at Goodison Park but if the Toffees can get a nice price for the teenager then they can of course re invest the money wisely in order to further push on towards the top six finish they invariably achieve on a shoestring budget.