£200k per week. Is Ashley Cole really worth such an astonishing amount of money to move to the Russian league? I can’t begin to describe what sort of lifestyle that would buy you on a weekly basis but I can imagine it is slightly more in Russia than the UK.
Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, whom I have scarcely heard of, reportedly laid the £200k a week offer down on the table for Cole to mull over as his contract with Chelsea draws to a close at the end of next season. Anzhi’s billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov has supplied his team with a bottomless pit of money to entice the world’s elite players to the Russian league. He has already captured Samuel Eto’o for a whopping £350k a week deal which quite frankly is utterly ridiculous.
Anzhi’s player-coach Roberto Carlos was the original star to join the mega-moneybags club and has earmarked Cole as his replacement, knowing full well that the England international would be severely tempted by the offer if only to further bling up his current lifestyle.
Chelsea will be concerned about the transfer revelation as they know they will not be able to match the Russian club wages. The Blues have suggested plans to restructure their spending and moderate their wage bill as they struggled to balance their books. Anzhi’s debut in the transfer market will continue to fluster the former Premiership champs as they have a reliable source of talented individuals with the loyalty of a goldfish. They will simply leave for more money.
The Russian billionaire is already treading on Abramovich’s toes by enquiring after striker Nicolas Anelka. Unfortunately for Abramovich, Anelka has a history of club swapping on a regular basis so it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he joins the Russian revolution. It would be a shame though as Anelka has rebuilt his reputation in the Premiership and it would be a real loss to see him go.
And Kerimov has backed coach Roberto Carlos in his pursuit of Santos talisman Neymar who Chelsea are keen to bring to Stamford Bridge. Both sides of Manchester, Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be interested in the Santos striker however the Anzhi boss Carlos has reiterated the Russians backing by saying “if they cannot pay the transfer fee, we will pay it…Kerimov can offer what he wants”. Brilliant, it’s as though the Russian Billionaire has found all the right cheats in his Fantasy League to elevate his club to the top.
Arsenal too have reason to be raising a disapproving eye in the direction of Kerimov’s transfer list. Arsene Wenger’s captain Robin Van Persie is stalling on contract talks in the wake of some very high-profile departures at the club and the last thing Wenger needs right now is a mega-money deal thrown at the Dutchman. Wenger is keen to hang on to his star but will be helpless if Van Persie chooses money over loyalty.
So the question remains: Will these players choose money over loyalty or will they break the mould and see out their career with the clubs that have nutured them to success? Like I have previously mentioned, no-ones heard of this Russian club, they have no pedigree and they are causing a ridiculous bidding war for human beings.
I think its safe to say they have the capabilities to completely destroy any morale left in the game of football and represent materialism of the future. Anyone fancy a game of rugby? On second thoughts…
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