Chelsea to bid for Bayern Munich’s French star Franck Ribery
According to an increasing groundswell of reports, Premier League giants Chelsea will take advantage of the suspension of their transfer ban to bid for the German based winger Franck Ribery this January. The Bayern Munich player is reportedly far from happy at the Alllianz Arena and will listen to offers from the top European clubs in the next transfer window. Despite an impressive start to the season Chelsea are still keen to add to their squad and see the wide-man as an ideal acquisition. What’s more Bayern are thought to be prepared to cash in on their prize asset and may accept bids of around £30 million.
Over the previous summer high profile representatives of Chelsea including former executive Peter Kenyon, manager Carlo Ancelotti and captain John Terry spoke of the need to recruit a ‘marquee’ signing that would inspire Chelsea on the pitch and prove a financial asset off it. Certainly Franck Ribery has the potential to be just this, the 26 year-old is not far off being a truly world class player and would add flair and searing pace to Chelsea’s team.
There are of course some potential problems with the potential move. Foremost Ribery is thought to strongly favour a move to Real Madrid and it has been suggested that he is holding out for a summer move to the Spanish giants. Over the summer Bayern we reported to have turned numerous enquires about the player, saying they would only accept bids in parity with the £80 million Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo. It seems baffling now that Bayern could be set to settle for a sum as low as £30 million, especially as they are in a particularly healthy position financially.
In any case Chelsea will face fierce competition as Bayern have reportedly encouraged bids from rivals Manchester United, Barcelona and Manchester City. The latter particularly might pose a threat because of their seemingly limitless funds for transfers and wages, though Ribery will presumably consider Champions League football as a basic requirement of any move, something City cannot yet offer.