Chelsea could be close to landing the French international

Chelsea could be close to landing the French international

On the day that Yuri Zhirkov completed his medical ahead of his £18 million move from CSKA Moscow, Ribery’s club, Bayern Munich, are said to have set a price of €80 million (£69 million) and a deadline of July 16 for any deal to be completed.

However Chelsea have brushed aside such demands and, having tabled a bid in excess of £40 million already for the France international, are waiting to see whether Real Madrid make a move or back off as they pursue other targets, most notably Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso.

Jorge Valdano, Real’s director general, said the prices being quoted for both Ribery and Alonso were too high. Real may also concentrate on trying to move on some of the players who are surplus to requirements. One of those could be Wesley Sneijder, who has been identified by Chelsea as an alternative to Ribery should their pursuit of the midfielder prove fruitless.

Sneijder is also attracting Bayern, while the German club have expressed are continuing interest in Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa, who was offered to them by Roman Abramovich in the initial discussions concerning Ribery’s future. Ribery has distanced himself from quotes attributed to him last week which stated that he would only leave Bayern for Real and has also held talks with new coach, Louis van Gaal, who has made it clear that he wants the player’s future resolved as soon as possible.

reference: telegraph.co.uk