Premier league footballers are often accused of being greedy, of being mercenaries. They passionately refute such claims and always tell us their love for the game, or the club, or the town, etc.
Well now two players who have been accused of greed in the past have the chance to show they meant it all. As Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are set to be offered a jaw-dropping, stunning, unbelievable, (add various more hyperbole here) £1 million per month, by Chinese side Guizhou Renhe.
The Chinese league is set to challenge the likes of the Russian, Qatari, and Uzbek leagues by throwing the cash around to tempt big names. Guizhou’s rivals Shanghai Shenhua have already snapped up Anelka and are said to be close to signing Drogba. Well, Guizhou look like they don’t want to be left behind.
The Chairman Wang Guolin told The Sun ‘I want the best team in China and we are prepared to invest a lot of money to bring Ferdinand and Lampard to us.
‘Many people here watch the Premier League and know how good the two players are.’
Acceptance of the offer of course seems unlikely, but not impossible. Both Rio and Lampard have had their own troubles at their respective clubs this season. Both have spent time away from the starting line-up, and both may feel their times at their clubs are coming to a close (Rio more than Lampard). This is a chance for both of them to cash in big time, and set themselves up for the rest of their, already comfortable, life.
Guizhou Renhe will try to lure Rio, Lampard, and other big name players, by recruiting a big name manager – Jose Mourinho. They hope £300,000 a week will convince Jose to try something new, but it seems unlikely Mourinho will bite.
Will any of the big name trio make the long trip to Guizhou? Mourinho seems unlikely, as does Lampard. But could Ferdinand, with his lack of chances at United, be persuaded? £250,000 might just make it possible. Either way we may be hearing more from the Chinese League and it’s deep pockets soon.
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