Ashley Cole threatens departure from Chelsea – Interest from Russia, France, Spain and Italy on the rise
Ashley Cole is starting attract some really big clubs in the transfer market. Sources have revealed that three big clubs are ready offer Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole a lucrative contract for his services.
A potential battle for Ashley Cole seems to be in the making. According to media reports, a large number of clubs are interested in opening pre-contract talks with the England international.
The 31-year-old defender is still hoping to receive a new package from Chelsea before his current deal with the club expires in the summer of 2013. However, Chelsea have a policy of offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30.
Ashley Cole has already rejected a one-year contract from Chelsea and has refused to accept the new wages. Earlier, Ashley Cole declared he would wait till the dying moments of his contract to discuss his demands with Chelsea.
However, stubborn attitude from Chelsea could force Ashley Cole into reconsidering his decision. Rife rumors suggest Chelsea captain John Terry will move into Valencia this winter. If that’s the case, then Ashley Cole could opt out of his contract as well.
Chelsea would certainly be unwilling to lose two prominent members of their squad this fall. Both, John Terry and Ashley Cole have been crucial to Chelsea’s defense this season.
According to reports flying in from Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is directly looking into the Ashley Cole saga now. Reportedly, Roman Abramovich is about to offer the fullback a three-year deal to keep him playing for Chelsea.
“There is big interest in Russia, but Ashley isn't keen to go there as there is also interest in France, Spain and Italy,” a source told ESPN earlier today.
The source also revealed that the Chelsea is brass is looking forward to resolving the Ashley Cole saga before Christmas.
Well, if Chelsea’s hierarchy is able to resolve this situation before Christmas, then they won’t have to deal with pre-contract negotiations with other clubs during the winter transfer window.