Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Chelsea bid for Villa and Coentrao
Chelsea have launched a £60million raid on Benfica and Barcelona, but look set to be disappointed in their pursuit of both David Villa and Fabio Coentrao. Barcelona's Villa has formed a formidable partnership at international level with current Chelsea forward Fernando Torres, something which tempted Roman Abramovich to sanction a £27m bid for Spain's all-time leading scorer. The offer, though, was dismissed out of hand on the insistence that only a bid of £180m - Villa's buyout clause - would be entertained. Chelsea appeared to be encouraged by Barcelona's financial position as the Catalan giants themselves continue an expensive recruitment drive. However, despite the difficulty in tying up the transfers of Cesc Fabregas and Alexi Sanchez, club director Andoni Zubizarreta is adamant that Barca have never considered off-loading Villa.
Chelsea's other target, the in-demand Coentrao, had looked certain to swap Benfica for Real Madrid for around £20m. However the clubs are at loggerheads over the deal, with Madrid's desire to throw in several players not impressing the Portuguese outfit, pushing the door ever so slightly ajar for Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge side are willing to offer the £27m to activate Coentrao's buyout.
source: Daily Mail