Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ancelotti Is Hoping [Pounds Sterling]15m Is Enough to Secure Pirlo; Having Already Had a Bid of [Pounds Sterling]7m Rejected by Milan for the Midfielder, the Blues Are Expected to Double Their Offer to Land the Italian's Services. by Simon Johnson

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ancelotti Is Hoping [Pounds Sterling]15m Is Enough to Secure Pirlo; Having Already Had a Bid of [Pounds Sterling]7m Rejected by Milan for the Midfielder, the Blues Are Expected to Double Their Offer to Land the Italian's Services. by Simon Johnson

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Byline: Simon Johnson

CHELSEA will discover today if they have succeeded in their bid to sign Andrea Pirlo from AC Milan.

The Italian club's president Silvio Berlusconi, vice-president Adriano Galliani and manager Leonardo are all meeting together to discuss many issues regarding the forthcoming season, which includes the possible sale of Pirlo.

They are still keen not to let the 30-year-old midfielder go but need to raise funds in order to secure their No1 transfer target of the summer in Luis Fabiano from Sevilla.

So far they have rejected Chelsea's offer of [pounds sterling]7million and striker Claudio Pizarro but it is believed they will accept a fee of around [pounds sterling]15.3m.

Chelsea are prepared to meet the asking price, particularly as manager Carlo Ancelotti has personally expressed a desire for the club to sign the Italian international.

Ancelotti sees Pirlo as a player who could really make sure that the new diamond system he is introducing in Chelsea's midfield this season works.

Pirlo's wages could still be a problem however, as he is paid a salary of [euro]6.5m a year in Italy after tax.

That would mean Chelsea having to pay Pirlo around [pounds sterling]106,000 a week after tax to tempt him to come to Stamford Bridge.

A compromise may have to be reached for that will make him the highest paid player at the club.

It is understood that Pirlo is happy to move to Chelsea and Milan are prepared to sell him even though it may anger the fans having already seen the club sell Kaka to Real Madrid for [pounds sterling]59m earlier this summer. One thing is for sure, Milan have told Chelsea they are not interested in Pizarro moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal. The Peru international is now likely to be sold to Werder Bremen, where he spent last season on loan.

Another striker, Salomon Kalou, is set to stay at Chelsea despite being linked with an [pounds sterling]8m move to London rivals Arsenal. …

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