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Chelsea's 65m Euro + Bosingwa bid this summer

The press in the UK have picked up on an interview that was given by Bayern Munich General Manager Uli Hoeness as he stated that Chelsea had...

The press in the UK have picked up on an interview that was given by Bayern Munich General Manager Uli Hoeness as he stated that Chelsea had made an offer of 65m Euros plus Jose Bosingwa for Franck Ribery. He said:

"We never received an offer over €100 million. The best bid game from Chelsea: €65 million plus the player Bosingwa, We also received other offers of €76 and €80 million. He never came to us and said he wanted to leave at any price. He always said to us that he would like to move to Real Madrid, but that if we wanted to keep him, then it was not a problem. [Selling him] was never a real consideration. However, we want to create the conditions which give Franck the feeling that he can achieve something here in Munich. If he cannot see this potential, then he will leave. If FC Bayern says no, then Franck stays."

So you have to wonder why on earth would we pay 65m Euros for a player who has always stated that he wants to join Real Madrid? I can see why we are interested as he does have talent and is young but do we need Ribery at the moment? I don't think so at all. We have enough strength in depth which was proven at the weekend against Wolves and with Lamps, Ballack and Deco to come back into the side I can't see where Ribery would fit in. Ok, there is the African Nations in January and we will lose Essien and Mikel but looking at the games we have during the time they are away there is no need for us to plough money into a player who First of all has no Premier League experience (look at how long it has taken Malouda to settle) and Second, who has gone on record saying that he wants to play somewhere else!

Let's put that chequebook away when it comes to Ribery and concentrate on other players. So bearing in mind the fact that we had 65m to burn on Ribery, who would you spend the money on now bearing in mind the depth of our squad, and whether or not they would walk into the side? Let me know your thoughts!

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