Football Spy: The Blues Are Set to Seal Pounds 35m Prize Guys

The Mirror (London, England), July 9, 2005 | Go to article overview

Football Spy: The Blues Are Set to Seal Pounds 35m Prize Guys


Byline: By MARTIN LIPTON

CHELSEA believe they will complete a pounds 35million double swoop for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Lyon midfielder Michael Essien within the next three days.

The champions have entered the end-game of their discussions with Manchester City and the French side to give boss Jose Mourinho the final pieces in his jigsaw for next season.

And after the massive transfer flurries of the past two summers since Roman Abramovich bought the club, when the gavel goes down on Wright-Phillips and Essien, Chelsea will shut up shop and put their cheque-book away for the summer.

Chief executive Peter Kenyon has been involved in negotiations with City chairman John Wardle for the past 72 hours to ensure the details on a pounds 19m deal are hammered out before an official bid is tabled.

They might be willing to increase their final bid to pounds 20m which is the minimum City want up front rather than in instalments, although Chelsea know they are the only realistic bidders for the 23-year-old winger. …

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