According to a crazy report in todays Express newspaper, the new rich kids on the block, Man City, are preparing to offer the Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole an amazing £180,000 a week if he moves to the Eastlands on a Bosman transfer at the end of the season.
The report said: Manchester City have offered to make Joe Cole the Premier League’s best-paid player with a four-year contract worth nearly £40 million.
Joe Cole will become a free agent this summer after failing to agree a new deal at Chelsea and Man City have jumped to the top of the queue of clubs chasing him by tabling a remarkable £180,000-a-week deal.
Because they would sign Cole for nothing, City are understood to be prepared to build his real transfer
market value of about £10m into his wages, which would work out at more than £9m a year.
That will blow away interest from their neighbours Manchester United, whom they meet today at Eastlands in the most important Manchester derby for 42 years.
City are confident of securing fourth place and qualification for the Champions League next season and that could be the clincher for Cole, who has failed to command a regular place at Chelsea since returning from injury.
Cole, 28, has yet to make up his mind, but City’s offer is another statement of their intent to buy big again this summer ready for a Premier League title push and their first Champions League venture – providing they do not blow it in their final five games.
Surely City can’t carry on offering such ridiculous wages to all their new signings. They will surely fall foul of the new FIFA rules?
***Tottenham jokes for Chelsea fans!***
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