Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Makelele Is Set for Chelsea, Claims Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Makelele Is Set for Chelsea, Claims Agent

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Byline: MATT HUGHES

CLAUDE MAKELELE could join Chelsea by next week, according to his agent.

The club are still in the market for a defensive midfielder and their top target is the Real Madrid and France player. His agent Marc Roger claimed today Chelsea had offered [pounds sterling]7million for the 30-year-old central midfielder, who is regarded as a linchpin of the Real team. A Madrid spokesman added: "There is nothing official." Chelsea's billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich hinted earlier this week that his spending is far from finished, despite a summer outlay of [pounds sterling]75m. Roger said Makelele was keen to join Chelsea and claimed his wages would double to [pounds sterling]2m per season with the London club.

"Unless Madrid improve his salary, next Monday will be his last day at the club," he said.

Meanwhile, Marcel Desailly today pledged to end his Chelsea career by bringing the Premiership and Champions League titles to Stamford Bridge. …

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