Joe Cole has been somewhat of an out-cast at Chelsea this season, having appeared so little for the champions elect. The talented attacking midfielder has only managed to notch up a total of 25 appearances in the premiership so far, in which he has started 14 times for the blues.
The Chelsea number 10 has been plagued with injuries this season and as a result has been over looked by the Chelsea boss. Cole has been in talks with his current employers over a possible contract extension, but has not done himself any favours by demanding a monstrous increase in his wages.
With his future in jeopardy, the 28-year-old could potentially be the best Bosman free transfer in the market this summer and Liverpool are looking into the possibility of bolstering their squad by acquiring his services. Rafa Benitez has already managed to capture two English young talents in Raheem Sterling and John Shelvey. The under-fire boss has openly talked about his aspiration and desire of installing ‘English talent and passion’ into the club for next season’s campaign. Liverpool will need to sign at least two more English players over the next few months as they prepare for the new UEFA policy guidelines which will come into affect in the near future. Many Liverpool fans believe that they lost their creativity when Xabi Alonso left for Real Madrid last summer, but would the potential capture of Joe Cole re-ignite that creativity?
Joe Cole could be the man to revive Anfield and bring the club back its glory days. Cole has great ability, touch and technique and is a player that can turn a game upside down in a flash. Many football fans see Liverpool as a two man team (we all know who those two are). Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are deadly when they are in the same team, but do Liverpool need more impact players in their squad? And is Joe Cole one of those players?
Many clubs in the premiership and surely around Europe will be monitoring Cole’s movements in the next few months. They will be very interested to know whether the player will commit to Chelsea or not. The out of favour Chelsea man, will be allowed to leave the West London club on a free if his contract terms aren’t met. Although interested clubs may be boosted that they won’t have to pay a penny in transfer fees, they will have to contemplate paying around £6.2 million a year in wages (£120,000 a week) for his services.
Liverpool’s season came to a disappointing end, losing out on a place in the Europa league final against Atletico Madrid, and falling short of claiming a top four finish in the premiership which results in the club not qualifying for the champions league next season…Joe Cole will have to take this all into consideration which may sway his decision of going to Anfield. The attacking midfielder will want to play in Europe and at the highest level and unfortunately for Liverpool they can not offer this to the player.
Liverpool have some tough times ahead and with yet big issues to be resolved over management and ownership and players futures in the balance, the door has been left wide open for rival clubs such as Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal to make offers for the England international.
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