Gallas and Cole
Posted by Sports Snob on August 23, 2006
In one of the LONGEST transfer sagas in the premiership it looks like Ashley Cole will finally be heading to Chelsea. Arsenal have left him out of their Champions League qualification games against Zagreb in an effort to ensure that he is not cup tied (thereby drastically reducing his valuation). All Chelsea have to do is to meet the 25 million or so that Arsenal want. Chelsea have the money (tons of it!) and they need a left back desperately. So, what then is the problem? Well, it looks like Chelsea don’t want to be taken advantage of. They are not willing to pay more than 16.5 million Euros. After paying over the odds for guys like Didier Drogba, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Essien and Asier Del Horno, Chelsea don’t want to get mugged again in the transfer market. But then Arsenal know Chelsea are desperate and are playing hardball.
Enter William Gallas. One of the best central defenders in the world, he has been (reluctantly) playing left back for Chelsea all of last season. Now he wants out, wanted a move to Italy or Spain, but that didn’t happen. Gallas has been on strike over the past month and did not go on the pre-season tour of the U.S. forcing Mourinho to banish him to the reserves.
Now it looks like Gallas might end up being the last piece in this transfer jigsaw. The thing is Arsenal need a central defender (you cannot win ANYTHING with Senderos and Toure as your first choice centrebacks and Arsene knows that) and Gallas is the best available defender out there.
swap deal is in order? Will Chelsea offer Gallas plus cash to Arsenal for Cole? Or will Chelsea let Gallas rot in the reserves (as only they can do) or maybe even sell him to a “lesser” competitor such as say a Newcastle United? Obviously, the move of Gallas to Arsenal will significantly strengthen their team and title chances. I think all issues will be sorted out by this weekend. As ever, watch this space!