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.