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Joe Cole Set To Quit Chelsea For Manchester City?

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.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made two approaches to West Ham in a bid to prise the player from their academy before Cole made his senior debut. Fergie openly rated Cole the most naturally gifted English player of his generation.

Harry Redknapp, the Hammers boss approached by Fergie back in the late 90s, turned down the Old Trafford overtures. Since then Redknapp has never disguised his admiration for Cole who he once claimed was the most skilful player he had ever come across.

He would relish having Cole in his squad again. Sources close to Cole claim he’s unlikely to back down in talks with Chelsea and is well aware he retains a position of strength in negotiations. He could potentially sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club if Chelsea laboured in negotiations and allowed him to reach the final months of his current deal.

They are unlikely to be impressed by City’s interest following the war of words that erupted after they tried to lure away Terry from the club by going public about their ­interest in the England captain.

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  1. ish

    January 22, 2010 at 5:52 am

    j.cole hasnt really warranted the huge wages he is supposedly after, in all honesty he hasnt really warranted the 80k a year he is on either, kalou for instance is on a much lower salary and has a better return then j.cole and kalou is pretty average sometimes.

    the injuries have hampered cole has well, he is the kind of player that relies on confidence to perform, he doesnt have the pace needed to cheat like so many half arsed wingers do(lennon, a.young etc) and in all respect to him he has improved the areas of his game that need more constistency, his crossing is much much better, he is more willing to track back when needed and doesnt always try to beat his man.

    I want j.cole to stay but at his current form he is at best a good squad player to have, one who does the job asked of him, but he aint no messi.

  2. Nishanth

    January 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Greedy c**t !!! A 50k rise?? wtf……Chelsea don’t need him. For all you know, he might land up in City and spend a whole season injured. Injury prone player, without the silkiness he once had, and he expects a raise??? SURE !!!

  3. hank

    January 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I think its silly to be too upset about players trying to negotiate the best deal possible for themselves. Yes, we like players to WANT to play for “our” team, but soccer isn’t a charity, and teams (and their fans) are more than happy to cut a player’s salary or simply cut them loose entirely, when they are no longer valuable. There are few players who have reached a position of “mutual loyalty” with their team and the team’s fans, (Gerrard, Terry, Giggs, et al), but they are more the exception rather than the rule…

  4. Chris Beckenham

    January 17, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Reading the comments, I have to say I agree with them all. If players want to stay at a club because of the money, then in my eyes they aren’t worthy of pulling a club’s shirt on. As a Manchester City fan, obviously I see this happening a lot.

    In regards to the question about why City want more players, if they can only play 11, I think the players we have been pursuing, we have pursued for a reason. Not only to strengthen our squad, but to weaken those clubs around us. How ever effective Joe has been at Chelsea, if he leaves, he will surely weaken the Chelsea squad.


    • MasterBlaster

      January 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      I guess as long as you admit that you probably need to just get rid of Robinho and Santa Cruz is probably never going to stay on the pitch for long so he was a worthless signing.

  5. J

    January 17, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Of course players are allowed to ask for more pay. That’s where this climate comes from. Don’t you realize that most of the players at Chelsea are overpaid? That’s why Chelsea fans were so angry back in December when the team delievered one shambolic display after another.

    Not saying that Terry and Lampard are wrong (they are so valuable to the team), but this is kind of sad, money is superior to loyalty even when you are already playing for one of the best clubs in the world (that’s what I think). Well of course for those Chelsea fans nothing is more important than keeping those players at Stamford Bridge.

    Having said that, Joe Cole should just play well before asking for more money, especially when he is no Terry or Lampard.

    • MasterBlaster

      January 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      I don’t totally disagree, however, if you are Joe Cole and you see everyone else being overpaid, why would you simply say “well i don’t need to get mine like everyone else?”

      • Tyson

        January 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

        Joe Cole is overpaid at 80K he couldn’t tie Terry or Lampards shoe lace.

        If your Terry or Lampard any team on the planet would be happy to have you. Can you imagine the intentional bidding war if Lampard announced he wanted to leave Chelsea and go to a better paid job?

        Joe Cole was a good player and very talented but honestly right now he’s barely worth what hes getting paid let alone more.

        This is just common sense a guy like Abromavich isn’t exactly poor he’d have no problem coughing that amount up but for Joe Cole?!

        If you really are one of the best players in the world demand outstrips supply and you can name your price and to be completely honest if youre that good you can go for glory and money because even though its easy to judge if we were in Cristiano Ronaldos position we’d probably want to win trophies in all the top leagues, screw all the hot models, get all the sponsors and contracts and just live it up.

        On the other hand again its Joe Cole.. I mean seriously I can understand the jist of what you are saying and I wholeheartedly agree with you but let me put it this way to you.

        Take Joe Cole in his current form. Look at the Chelsea team. Is he worthy of such a price rise?

        As soon as they see this demand the first think they will think is “how many wingers are as good/if not better than Joe Cole” and then they will see a lot of options. Second they will look at how well he has performed for the club and how much they need him. Third they will laugh at him on his way out.

  6. ph0bolus

    January 17, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Hasn’t done anything to warrant a 50k pay raise..Score some goals then talk you greedy bastard..

  7. MasterBlaster

    January 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Should players not be allowed to ask for more pay for their services? Don’t be blind here.

    My issue is how many players do Man City feel they need to keep signing when they can only play 11 at a time? That has to be tough for current players when they have to look over their shoulder and wonder who they will be replaced with and where they will need to look to play for in the future. That sort of thing only hurts team chemistry and I think it will definitely hurt their chances to finish in the Top 4.

  8. Smitty

    January 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I wouldn’t be excited to see Joe Cole leave Chelsea, but I wouldn’t be crushed either… it has been a few years since he has really shown much on the field… so many injuries resulting in so much missed time… definitely nothing near the output of Terry and Lampard…. if he plays hard ball, I would let him walk… Only potential downside is the pending transfer ban, so I’m not sure Chelsea can really afford to let anyone walk…

  9. Tyson

    January 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I think Chelsea should get rid of him if a player has been with a club for a while and his main motivation is not the team but money that player is not a team player hes just a mercenary for hire.

    You don’t want somebody with that kind of mentality playing for your team you could spend hundreds of millions buying some of the best players on the planet and still not do much better if they weren’t loyal to the cause.

    Alex Ferguson won’t sign him after seeing the crap he pulled at Chelsea. I mean what would stop him from demanding ludicrous amounts at another club if hes willing to fuck Chelsea over? Greedy players are a liability no club can afford to have.

    I feel sorry for the club he ends up at.

    • J

      January 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      I think it’s the same with John Terry and Frank Lampard. Chelsea had to raise wages in order to keep them from going to Man City and Inter Milan respectively. Sadly nowadays the main motivation of most footballers is money.

  10. KEN

    January 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Welcome …PLEASEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

  11. Chris Beckenham

    January 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    On a free transfer, I don’t think we can grumble.

  12. Jak

    January 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Not good enough for City, Ribery is better.

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