PSG to tempt Ashley Cole with €185,000-a-week three-year deal

Paris Saint-Germain will tempt Ashley Cole with a 185,000-a-week (£150,000) three-year deal in a bid to sign him in 2013.

The French giants are in the driving seat to sign the England left-back and are ready to offer him a lucrative long-term contract as doubts grow over his Chelsea future.

Cole has failed to agree terms on a new Stamford Bridge agreement, despite having just eight months remaining on his current deal.

The defender, who is set to return to the England team for the World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday night after sitting out the 5-0 win over minnows San Marino on Friday, has been offered only a one-year extension by Chelsea.

Cole, who turns 32 in December, wants at least a two-year deal and is ready to move on if he does not get it.

He is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign suitors in January ahead of a summer move, and his west London exit is now looking inevitable.

Sources say the Blues are even willing to offload Cole when the transfer window re-opens if his understudy, Ryan Bertrand, maintains the progress that he has made over the last six months.

Bertrand has won his first two England caps this season and began the new campaign in the Chelsea team after starting the Champions League final in May.

Although he has been playing in a left-midfield role for club and country, Chelsea staff have earmarked him to be Cole’s long-term successor at left-back.
 
PSG are confident that they have the ambition and resources to win Cole’s signature. The defender was called “the best left-back in the world” by coach Carlo Ancelotti earlier in October when asked about the club’s interest in his former player.

The Ligue 1 outfit have a strong English connection on the backroom staff, where Ancelotti has recruited former Stamford Bridge employees Paul Clement, Claude Makelele and Nick Broad.

Paris’ close distance by Eurostar to London could also prove important when negotiations with Cole begin in earnest over the coming weeks.

The breakdown in the full-back’s contract talks with Chelsea is believed to be unrelated to the recent controversy over his recent tweet rant against the Football Association (FA).

AC Milan admit N'Koulou interest

AC Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida has revealed that the Serie A giants are monitoring the progress of Olympique de Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou.

The 22-year-old is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Ligue 1, and has previously been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United.

Rossoneri chief Braida has now confirmed they have been tracking the Cameroon defender for some time, but have ruled out making any imminent approaches for the player as they currently have sufficient cover in his position.

“He is a player who we have been monitoring since he was with Monaco,” he told La Provence.

“At the minute, we already have six players in his role and therefore he is not at the top of our list. It’s also not that easy to sign players because of asking prices.”

Braida conceded a move for the player in the winter transfer window is unlikely to be forthcoming, but stressed that the club would continue to monitor his progress.

“It would be difficult to sign him during the January transfer window, but we’ll continue to watch him to understand whether he could do a good job for us in the future,” he added.

Cartoon of the Day: Vidic set for Russia exile as Fergie eyes the money

With Rio Ferdinand’s shelf-life waning at 33 years of age, the last player Manchester United fans expected to see leave the club may well have been Nemanja Vidic.

The Serbia international is 30-years-old himself, however, and Goal.com exclusively revealed that the Red Devils could consider cashing in on a considerable offer from interested Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

The money spent by Zenit St. Petersburg on Hulk and Axel Witsel perhaps caught the eye of Ferguson, who could yet send Vidic the same way.

Vidic set for Russia exile as Fergie eyes the money

Lewandowski snubs Manchester United

Robert Lewandowski has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Borussia Dortmund, insisting he is happy at the Bundesliga champions despite reported interest from Manchester United.

The prolific striker, 24, was named Bundesliga player of the season last campaign after leading his side to their first league and cup double. Lewandowski’s terrific form has seen him earn many admirers, namely Sir Alex Ferguson who watched the Polish striker in Dortmund’s recent Champions League fixture against Manchester City.

But speaking to the Daily Mirror Lewandowski admitted: “I didn’t even know Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands against City but it wouldn’t influence me at all. I haven’t got plans to change clubs.”

His comments might put to bed the rumours linking him with Manchester United and Chelsea but the Polish striker says has a lot of admiration for English football.

He added: “I haven’t had the chance to play in England but, maybe, one day. What I like about British football is that it is fast and hard. For sure it would be interesting but there’s no straight answer for the moment.”

For now, Lewandowski is putting club football aside and focusing on Poland’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against England and has warned the Three Lions that he wants all three points.

“England will be very important for us and we need to show that we have a strong chance to qualify by winning the game. It could be decisive for us.

“If we can take seven points from our first three games by beating England then it will have been a sensational start for us.

“The match against San Marino showed us nothing. It will not have any influence. It was a simple training session and we will give them more problems in Warsaw.”

“Our target is to qualify for the next World Cup. That means a draw against England at home isn’t the result we need so we will be going for the three points. That would be a huge result for us.”

Manchester United consider shock Vidic sale amid Anzhi interest

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By Greg Stobart

Manchester United are considering cashing in on Nemanja Vidic amid interest from big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala, Goal.com understands.

The Old Trafford giants are steeling themselves for a £33 million bid from the Russian club, and United are open to allowing the 30-year-old to leave with doubts increasing over the Serbia defender’s longevity and durability, following a second serious knee injury in less than 12 months.

Anzhi, meanwhile, who last year made Samuel Eto’o the highest paid footballer in the world when they bought the Cameroon star from Inter Milan, are said to be preparing an eye-popping £200,000-a-week salary in order to tempt Vidic back to Russia, where he spent two years with Spartak Moscow.

A cornerstone of United’s success since he joined the club for £7million in 2006, Vidic missed the majority of his side’s trophyless campaign last season after he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during the Champions League defeat against Basel 11 months ago.

Vidic returned to the side at the start of the current season but struggled to find his best form, before he damaged the same knee in the build-up to his side’s victory over Liverpool in September and underwent surgery that could force him out of action until January.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already planned for the future by recruiting Phil Jones from Blackburn and Chris Smalling from Fulham over the last 18 months, while last season he hailed Jonny Evan’s as one of the Premier League’s best defenders.

With United so well stocked in that area, the club would find it difficult to turn down the sort of extravagant bid Anzhi are rumoured to be in the process of making, although last week Vidic’s agent ruled out a potential move away from Old Trafford amid reported interest from Juventus.

“Vidic is not playing at this time because he’s had surgery, so he’s only thinking about his recovery and not about the transfer market,” Silvano Martina told itasportpress.it.

“Juventus are complete with their non-EU players for this season and it is highly unlikely they will make a bid for Vidic, therefore I can categorically rule out any interest from them.

“Vidic is already part of a top club and there are no negotiations with Juventus or Barcelona.”

While Vidic is not expected to return until December at the earliest, United are likely to welcome back Smalling for next Saturday’s Premier League clash against Stoke and Ferguson could be further boosted by the return of Jones for the crunch meeting with Chelsea a week later.

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