It’s officially silly season – or at least it is if the headlines on the back of The Sun are anything to go by today. Because hot on the heels of Citeh apparently expressing an interest in James Milner yesterday, today, the red top has us allegedly involved in a bidding war for the Villa man.
I suppose it’s only to be expected really because not only do they have two Premier League clubs with money to play with but they also have the fact that we lost out to Citeh over Robinho in the past – still, it seems to be enough to make a headline out of. Well, that and a quote from an insider who says “Losing out to City for Robinho was embarrassing at the time, even if it did turn out to be a lucky escape. But we are determined to get our man this time and we are very confident it will happen.”
Citeh have apparently had an initial bid of £25 million turned down and plan to raise that to £30m, so the assumption I suppose is that we’ll top it. Are they kidding?
For a start, Milner might be a decent signing for the right club at the right price but would he be worth in excess of £30m for Chelsea? I hardly think so. Not to mention the fact that Roman Abramovich is quite clearly a businessman, not a two year old who’d cut his nose off to spite his face just to get one over the Eastlands lot.
The Sun do manage to get one thing just about spot on in their ‘story’ though – if any of it were actually true, Milner would definitely stand much more chance of winning trophies at Stamford Bridge than he would at Eastlands!