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Should Chelsea sell defender to Barca?

Ashley Cole could be heading for the Blues exit

By | 12th October 2011

With Barcelona linked with a surprise move for Chelsea star Ashley Cole, it may seem that the time may be right for Roman Abramovich to cash in on his controversial left back and reinvest the profit in his team.

Cole’s time at Stamford Bridge has been extremely successful, but with the former Arsenal player turning 31 just before Christmas, and out of contract in 2013, the financial benefits of a move should not be lost on the Chelsea board.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas was admittedly very close to bringing in former Porto charge Alvaro Pereira to West London at the tail end of the summer transfer window, and the 25 year old could be the ideal replacement for Cole.

It would seem odd that Pereira would want to join Chelsea only to sit on the bench, given his contributions to both Porto and Uruguay in recent years, strengthening rumours that Cole was indeed quite interested in a mooted move to Real Madrid.And the Blues also have Ryan Bertrand and Patrick Van Aanholt on their books, who have been sent out on loan a combined 11 times.

Each have appeared for their country – England and the Netherlands, respectively- up to u21 level, and have been earmarked for bright futures in the Premier League.

Bertrand has appeared this season in the victory over Fulham in the Carling Cup, and Van Aanholt has made 4 appearances in all competitions so far for Wigan.

While it is probably true that neither are in the same ballpark as Cole, they could likely see more playing time in his absence, and Pereira is a solid left back for any side in the Premier League.

The question, then, may be what price is put on Cole’s services. The figure being bandied about is £12m. Eric Abidal has been a fantastic left back for Barcelona since joining the club in 2007, but his age and health problems, accompanied with the attacking abilities Cole could bring, mean that the Englishman is perhaps the more attractive option.

Some sort of swap deal would not be outlandish, depending on the figures, and Chelsea could also snap up another Catalan youngster like they did with Oriol Romeu.

But it would seem that if Barcelona are to secure Ashely Cole, they may have to raise their bid a bit, and after the sales of Bojan Krkic, Jeffren Suarez, and the termination of Gabriel Milito’s contract, it wouldn’t seem too hard to raise funds. Seydou Keita is expendable, and Jose Manuel Pinto and Ibrahim Affellay could also leave the Nou Camp.

Whatever you may think of their financial philosophy or their perceived tapping up of players, what must be credited and admired is the way Pep Guardiola’s eleven play on the pitch. Many comparisons and analogies have attempted to describe their tactical magnificence, but the fluidity truly does boggle the mind.

The addition of Ashley Cole would make the world’s best side even better, and the thought of Cole marauding up the left wing for any side is a nightmare, let alone with Messi, Villa, Busquets, and co with him.

Cole’s personal life has resulted in a lot of media scrutiny in London, and a move away from the English press could be just what his football career and personal life needs, whilst also having huge benefits for both clubs involved in the transfer.

Reader Comments

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  1. MIDE says:

    Datz Ȋ̝̊̅§ α̲̅ good business!hala barca

  2. Sumanth says:

    Makes business sense. They should swap him for Ibrahim Affellay + money.

  3. S.H.Tan says:

    Will A.Cole joins Barcelona? It all depends if Barcelona has a genuine interest in A.Cole but if they are willing to pay £13 million for England finest left back then they are just pushing their luck too far. Can Chelsea find a better replacement for less than £13 million with Cole’s ability and commitment to Chelsea? Fork out £20-£25 million and we can begin discussing.

  4. a bus says:

    no he wouldnt go

  5. Haris says:

    No way Barca would appoint 31 yr old player.

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