Chelsea Capturing Robinho Can Free Up Malouda


We were linked with Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda a few days ago, and we wonder if things are starting to open up for Newcastle to really bring him to Tyneside.

Florent Malouda – now available to move?

One of the conditions that Malouda would be made available was that Brazilian star Robinho would be signed by The Blues from Real Madrid.

And there is news today that Robinho is indeed set to complete a move from Real Madrid to Chelsea, in a deal worth £28.4M, that is expected to be completed within the next 24 hours, according to reports.

Official confirmation of the signing could be made later today, with chief executive Peter Kenyon saying today:

“We are ever confident that it will get done, but we have always said it will go to the wire.”

“There were two players Luiz Felipe Scolari identified. One was Deco and one was Robinho. And we have already seen the impact Deco has made on the Premier League.”

“I think the squad is strong and capable of competing in all competitions without Robinho – but with him, it is an added dimension.”

That’s an awful lot of money for just one player, but you cannot accuse Chelsea or Roman Abramovich of not dishing out the big money, when they are after a player they really want.

Apparently the deal is further complicated because Real Madrid are trying to sign David Villa, the Valencia striker, as a replacement for the Brazilian forward.

But news that Real Madrid last night offered £35M for Villa, so things could be moving soon, and at the tail end of the moves, we expect Chelsea to allow Malouda to move on.

So we suppose if Newcastle are really interested in Malouda, now would be a good time to put in a decent bid.

Our feeling is that while he’s a good player we think for £12M we could quite possibly bring in a couple of lesser known players, but just as good as Malouda.

We may be wrong about that, and time is certainly running our now, but certainly the four players we do have are all first class signings. We just haven’t made enough of them, that’s the only problem.

The 28 year old Frenchman is a good player and very experienced, having represented France 42 times and played for Châteauroux, Guingamp and Lyon, before moving to Chelsea in 2007 for around £15M.

Comments welcome.

Here is Ed’s NOTW review of the win against Coventry City on Tuesday evening.



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266 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Malouda has been shockingly bad for Chelsea since he joined.

    He even admitted that he doesn’t suit the premier leauge and hates the physicality of it.

    Just paper BS IMO.

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  • 35yrsofhurt

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Tom – Toon,
    Agree with your comments, we do not want another Chelski REJECT.

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  • Stelios

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #3

    too lightweight…over-paid and getting on a bit. Off topic but Ever Banega just signed for athetico on year loan. Just the type of player we needed

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  • Ian

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    We should try and get Matt Derbyshire as a striker, he can cover in midfield too.

    Unfortunately he scored two goals last night so they probably wont let go of him.

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  • vatoon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #5

    why sell milner, by someone older and on higher wages for more money? and one thats been a flop in england to boot. makes no sense

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  • REM

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Chelsea reject is still better than our crop. I hate when people say that. Our best player, owen is a liverpool “reject”. the guy who set him up against bolton was a chelseas “reject”.

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  • Bill F

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #7

    SWP back to ManC. 🙁
    Come on Nero (aka MA) stop fiddling and start buying.

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  • LJ

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #8

    i hate when people bring up their football manager players. they think they are great casue they know this player or that player, when they have only ever seen them on the computer screen

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  • Spyro

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Malouda aint lightweight

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  • Thomas

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #10

    No thanks!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Spyro, yes he is, by his own admission and loads of Chelsea fans!

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #12

    makes no sense. it won’t happen.

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  • seetow

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    i still am clinging on to the hope of nikola zigic! how about marek hamsik for dm, juan mata for am, and diaby to play anywhere along midfield (especially since we’re letting milner go)

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  • Graham

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #14

    “That’s an awful lot of money for just one player, but you cannot accuse Chelsea or Roman Abramovich of not dishing out the big money, when they are after a player they really want.”

    Spending big on players you want is one thing, using your oodles of cash to fund your play thing despite the massive looses every year is another.

    If Chelsea don’t win the Champs league and Prem league over the next couple of years, Roman will be off, and calling in his debts at the same time!

    As for Malouda – overrated, overpaid, under performing clap trap. Just like Smith & Duff

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  • Spyro

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #15

    i have seen him hold his own on the wings plenty of times

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  • Luke

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Too lightweight, too big an ego, too old, too expensive. But you never know. Ginola was no spring chicken when we bought him.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #17

    I think I’d rather have Scott Sinclair from Chelsea for a 1/6 of the price of Malouda!

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  • Tom

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ll pass on Malouda thanks.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Chelsea wont sell Scott Sinclair

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  • Neil Snowdon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Dear Ed,

    Our signings have had three things in common : quality, pace and heart.

    Malouda may have quality, although we have seen little of it recently. He may be faster than me! But does he have the heart for the fray? Negative imo. Over priced as well. Daily Mail story a few days back may have had some truth in it, especially as we know Milner’s request was put in over a week ago. I hope we will not be panicked into buying him with the Milner proceeds.

    Regards,

    Neil

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  • Spyro

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #21

    they clearly see him as one for the future

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  • Kurt

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think the club will sign any player. Have no faith in the club signing up some player with just days remaining. Tough I don’t rate Milner mush it’s a shame if we sell him considering our small squad.

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  • Sniffer

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Malouda is a left winger..we already have Charlie, Duff, and Spiderman what is the point of paying £12-million for a 4th left winger .

    Issues with Milner etc are the legacy of poor management and equally poor signings since 2002, must be hard for Milner to understand Duff, Smith, Viduka,Barton etc are on more than double what he is on, Milner is not the person to make a stand against, he is worth extra, make a stand against Barton.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Spyro – Why would they just bring Fabio Paim on loan then and loan out Scott Sinclair so much?!?

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  • azim

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #25

    why on earth we need another left footed player when we already have n’zobgia,duff, and jonas….
    we should buy a cm, lb, and cf rather and lw is NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL NOW

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  • Luke

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d rather Jerry McQuim from Curmudgeon Cobblers for 160th the price.

    Seriously though, Chelsea have a habit of stalling the careers of excellent players; Crespo, Shevchenko, Parker, Duff, Wright-Philips ad infinitum… and let’s not forget the milieu of youth players that ‘never make te grade’. I pray to Mecca every day that Abramovich pulls out. Them and the mackems, boro, spuds, villa and liverthieves.

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  • natedawg

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #27

    no thanks, hasnt impressed me at all at chelski, anyone else just looking on here for any good news at all today

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Luke – You really are an immature tit.

    Azim – Jonas is right-footed.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #29

    they want him to get first team experience and see if he has what it takes, if he does they will keep him, if they dont then they will flog him. I think he has what it takes and they will probably see this too. Loaning out doesn’t mean they dont want him if that is what you are suggesting.

    Concerning Paim, since when did Chelsea ever want one quality player in each position?

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  • David Dutch

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #30

    I think we can all put away of dreams until January and accept that MA will not give another penny to KK to buy new players. He is determined to cut the cloth to affordability whether we fans like it or not and with Milner going out the door we really have adepleted and injury prone squad. At this rate mid table would be an accomplishment it is so easy to get carried away on the back of a couple of results which lets face it was against a below par Manure Utd, lack of imagination Bolton and a Championship side, unfortunately Arsenakl appear to have started to get their game together so the real test will come on Saturday, too late to anything.
    So let us get 150% behind the lads who want to play for the toon and see if we can make SJP a fortress it used to be .

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  • azim

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Tom_Toon he is a two footed player and I admit that his best position is rw but he is doing wonderful job at left

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  • JaY-TNK

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Hope we sign Arda Turan instead of this guy….arda is class

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  • 35yrsofhurt

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #33

    REM – Owen was not a reject at Liverpool as he exercised his right to leave, had he stayed he would have been guaranteed a place in their side.
    The same thing cannot be said of Duff and Geremi who were surplus to requirements thus Chelski rejects.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Spyro – Sinclair, Robinho, Malouda, Joe Cole, Paim, Kalou.

    Not just one is it. They can hardly think much of Sinclair.

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  • wigaz

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #35

    No thank you! would rather have Pennant or lennon than this tit! thats if jimmy leaves which i think he will. Deals to be done b4 mon please:
    1)Arshavin
    2)Warnock
    3)either huntaleer (dream) or dare i say it more realistic, Heskey or Kevin Davies. Cheap & would do the trick. Would love to see henrik here but i think he’ll either go to Man U as he was there before or Villa with o’neill.

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  • kenny g

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #36

    SPYRO, Malouda is waif, man… when the man himself suggests he cant handle the physicality of the premier league it probably means he doesn’t have the cahunas.
    Not that we are ever gonna buy him anyway, so really this is all just pointless conjecture, whihc I continue to read and contribute to… hmmmm

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  • Geordie Nick

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #37

    malouda is sh*t

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #38

    i say swap Milner+some cash for Xabi Alonso, that seems a good deal for both parties.

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #39

    No to Malouda. He just isn’t for us. He has the qualities but would not be motivated to move to Newcastle and would not perform for us. Focus on hungry, ambitious players who would come to strengthen us.

    Stephen Appiah is available on a free transfer. I think we should sign him up, as he has been quality when I’ve seen him. He has bite, good passing, physical presence, and tackles well. Pretty complete central midfield player in my opinion. On free, surely he is worth at least a 1-year deal with an option for 2 more for example.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Danish – I Think Appiah is holding out for a move back to Juve.

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