Roberto Mancini set to seal bargain addition to his moneybags Eastlands squad.
With Joe Cole out of contract at Chelsea in the summer, there’s no surprise in there being a few Premiership Clubs ‘poking their noses’ into the status of the current situation regarding the player at the moment.
Negotiations are currently under way between Joe Cole and Chelsea, with Cole wanting around £50,000 extra on top of the £80,000 a week he is currently on. However, Chelsea are rumoured to be only willing to add a £20,000 increase.
Therefore, it is no wonder Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are eyeing up the winger, who was out of football for 9 months earlier this season with a knee injury. With negotiations currently stalled, and neither side willing to back down, it looks as if things are about to get interesting.
City, United and Spurs are long-term admirers. But the Eastlands club, who failed in an audacious bid to land Chelsea and England captain John Terry last summer, are more confident that they can fulfil Cole’s current wage demands. With Cole being out of contract in the summer, City wouldn’t have to pay any compensation to Chelsea, meaning Cole wouldbe the big earner. And in the current economic climate it seems both United and Tottenham will find it impossible to match a City offer that would include a £5m signing on fee and wages of about £150,000 a week. (EPL Talk)
Well this would represent one hell of a bargain and one that Chelsea would surely dearly love to avoid. Carlo Ancelotti has made noises about wanting to keep the England International but there is no mistaking the fact that Joe Cole is now down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and it appears he is keen to move on when his contract runs out in the summer.
If Roberto Mancini manages to secure the former West Ham man for a mere £5m signing on fee then it could be the biggest bargain Eastlands has seen in recent years and could help add creativity in the midfield to help provide firepower for Manchester City’s seemingly endless list of top notch strikers.
It’s not surprising to see a host of clubs trailing the 28 year old and he will be looking to cement a place where he can restart a career that has been badly hampered by injury and hoping to catch the eye of Fabio Capello but may fail to secure a place in the upcoming World Cup squad unless Carlo offers him more time in the first team.