Manchester City are preparing an audacious swoop for Stamford Bridge’s more off than on the boil golden boy, Joe Cole. Whilst the Daily Star announced that a move to the red side of Manchester was more or less ‘nailled on’, word reaches the Tavern that this isn’t as done a deal as it might be suggested.
Now seasoned Transfer campaigners amongst you will be familiar with the way a certain Premiership manager works. He spies his prey, scents his territory anonymously through the media and then strikes. And this smacks of that tried and tested MO.
It could be plausibly argued that City are in the driving seat here. They genuinely have the money to wade in and would have no problem in accommodating his wage demands.
For Cole, Manchester City are by far the more likely to offer him not only the lolly but actual first team pitch time. So then it will ultimately boil down to the player. Chelsea will shock everyone if they allow him to walk for free to anyone. He would be loathed to leave but he wants to kick start his career again and he wants paying for it.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be looking to add not only to his squad but to his reputation at City and the addition of Cole would aid that cause no end.
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