In Focus: John Terry’s wage demands could scupper Stoke City move

According to reports in The Mirror, Chelsea defender John Terry is a summer target for Stoke City after announcing he will leave the club during the summer, but they may have to pay him £100,000-a-week to lure him to the Britannia Stadium.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 36-year-old announced last month that he will make an emotional exit from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season following the expiry of his contract, which will bring an end to a 19-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion have already been linked with moves for the centre-back but now the Potters are said to have joined the chase with doubts over the future of Bruno Martins Indi.

The Netherlands international joined Stoke on a season-long loan deal from FC Porto but Mark Hughes has confirmed that the Portuguese giants don’t appear keen to discuss a permanent transfer.

According to The Sun, they may have to offer Terry at least a £100-a-week deal if they are to be successful in adding him to their ranks.

What else has Hughes said?

The Stoke boss says he spoke to Terry about his future when the two teams met earlier in the campaign.

The Welshman said: “I know John very well but whether or not we’d be able to present anything to John that would make him think, I don’t know.

“But we spoke briefly and had a word after the Chelsea game here this year about where his future lies.

“You’re not just getting John Terry the player, you’re getting John Terry the leader so someone will benefit from that.”

Would he be a good signing for Stoke?

Of course he would.

Playing alongside Ryan Shawcross he could form quite a formidable partnership for the Potters, because he still has the ability and experience to make a real difference at this level despite his advanced years.

What’s the verdict, then?

While reports suggest that his wage demands would be £100,000-a-week, he would likely have to lower those if he is to complete a move to any of the interested Premier League sides.

 


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