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Reports: Joe Cole weighing up Arsenal offer

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole will not make a final decision on his future until he returns from the World Cup, according to reports.

The 28-year-old England star is a free agent but his excessive wage demands of £120,000 a week have proved too much for Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.

However, the Metro are suggesting that Cole, barring any complications in the process, expects a deal with Arsenal to be finalised next week, with a view to announcing the move before the tournament in South Africa begins in ten days’ time.

It seems unlikely that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would be willing to pay Cole’s massive pay packet, especially after rejecting William Gallas’ £80,000 a week demands on a new contract.

Arsenal have already rejected Barcelona’s paltry £29 million bid for skipper Cesc Fabregas, but it looks as if another creative midfielder could quite possibly be on the way in the form of Joe Cole if the aforementioned reports are accurate.

Give us your views on this potential transfer and any other rumours you’ve been hearing lately!

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arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
10 years ago

I am sure it is already sealed and closed!!! Yes, finally we show ambition!!!

REDgoon
REDgoon
10 years ago

YEEEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JohnV
JohnV
10 years ago

Hopefully this is true he would be a great signing, a midfield three of Song, Cesc (if he stays which i doubt) and Joe Cole would be great

Begeegs
Begeegs
10 years ago

Not sure why we need him. Yes, he is quality, but do we really need another injury-riddled small player? Unless someone is leaving, like Arshavin or Rosicky

JayGooner
JayGooner
10 years ago

Just hope there is more good news to come. A decent keeper, Hart? dunno or David James for next to nothing, and Gourcuff!!!! He wants to come to The Mighty Arsenal just spend some wonga wenger

George Graham
George Graham
10 years ago

One problem – ‘Cole demands of £120,000 a week’ – ‘seems unlikely that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would be willing to pay Cole’s massive pay packet’

Sorry but Not Happening.

paddy
paddy
10 years ago

Cesc is going nowhere – read the official statement on Arsenal.con

GobiLux
GobiLux
10 years ago

another one for the treatment-table!

IrishGooner
IrishGooner
10 years ago

He’s a good player no doubt. But do we really need him? he’s another short ass after all. Maybe this is a sign that we have plans to sell an attacking midfielder (other than Cesc).

John
John
10 years ago

I think Cole will replace either Arshavin or Rosicky, hopefully the latter, as he hasn’t really cut it, despite his talent. Joe Cole is one of the great players in the game – i was gutted we didn’t buy him from West Ham 5 years ago, but he’s even better now.
Let’s hope there’s more good news on the keeper and centre back situation soon.

reenz
reenz
10 years ago

Gd deal if we get him that will be 2 free contract signings, is we can get a DM AND TWO CB AND quality GK , then were on 4 sum trophies

transfer suggestions:(All linked officialY with arsenal)
DIEGO LOPEZ(VILAREAL 7M)
GARY CAHILL(BOLTON 10-15M)
Laurent Koscielny (LORIENT 5M)
YAYA TOURE(POSSIBLY IN FABREGAS SWAP DEAL ,ARSENAL RECIEVING 45M)
(with the 45m)below
Yohan gourcouff (BOURDEAUX 22m )
keep he rest for wages and whatever
Sorted!

Reply if u agree and/or suggest diferent transfer targets

John
John
10 years ago

Regarding his wage demands, we’ll sign him for 4 years, pay him £80k a week, and give him £8m as a signing on fee – in lieu of transfer fee.

GoonerDareMKD
GoonerDareMKD
10 years ago

George Graham that is just speculation that he wants 120 000 a week maybe he told that to chelsea if they want him to stay and he didn’t so i think wenger will give him 80 000 a week 3 year deal as 90 000 gallas will leave and he will compensate plus he is on a free and it makes sense wenger to give him 80 000 a week. Mark my words cole signed 3 year deal worth 80 000 a week and he also stated that he don’t want to leave London.

alf15
alf15
10 years ago

Cesc will be leaving mark my words! Arsenal aint stupid, they are never going going to accept the 1st bid for him. Barca have gone in low and arsenal will keep rejecting it till its get closer to £50-60m! This is just a game of cat an mouse! Things is, now thats its public the barca fans will not settle for nothing less than fab in a barca jersey, so it helps us! We hold all the cards! Stupid spanish!

simon
10 years ago

120,000 salary fuck chelski scum, gourcuff is way better

IrishGooner
IrishGooner
10 years ago

sorry folks I just cant see Cole coming not only because of his wage demands but because he’s probably had to put up with Cashly (dumped) Cole’s slurs about Arsenal lack of ambition.

ron
ron
10 years ago

@George Graham: Signing on fee included to compensate dude. even if we pay £120k a week is £18m in 3 years, Joe Cole is probably worth at least £15m on the market of anyone’s money

gogo
gogo
10 years ago

What bothers me is all the talk about midfielderds and forwords. For God’s sake, Arsenal has only 1 central defender. We need 2-3 more.

Bangorgunner
Bangorgunner
10 years ago

Coles wage demand would quite easily be met by arsenal. He would receive a big lump sum signing on fee and then say, 70,000 a week in his weekly pay packet so over the three/four year deal it works out at 120 grand a week.

ron
ron
10 years ago

no signings = cue complaints,
Free transfer international star signings = cue complaints.

Just no winning with some people.

Sniff
Sniff
10 years ago

I have a feeling this could happen.

It is not useful to compare the situation to Gallas as he is 33(?). For some reason – just a feeling – I fear Arshavin could leave. Where, I have no idea given that most of the usual clubs he is linked with would show no interest. Someone suggested Bayern as a replacement for Ribery – but Franck just signed a 5 year deal…

I am worried that Utd could gazzump any prospective Coel deal but I heard a while back that Cole would prefer to stay in London.

Brad
Brad
10 years ago

Its a done deal. Good player if he stays fit!!!!

Domson
Domson
10 years ago

Since he’s available on a free, Arsenal can deal with his salary demands with a signing on fee (which has some additional tax benefits to the player). BTW: while Arsenal are tight when it comes to transfer fees, they are very generous with salaries and among the top in the Premier League.

This has the hallmarks of a Wenger signing, I hope it happens. My suspicion is that Cole will be a straight replacement for Cesc, don’t forget, he started off at Chelski in a central midfield/attacking role before being moved out on the left.

Aa23 (norwegian gooner)
Aa23 (norwegian gooner)
10 years ago

I reckon it would a good signing wich proves that the cunning Mr.Wenger has not lost his golden touch! credit to him if we sign Cole, though he is injury prone he is quality. Also how about Arsenal telling Barca to F**K OFF, ey? 😛

arsenal man
arsenal man
10 years ago

cesc is leaving, cole is not coming, why were even bothering this much about attackers, have you guys forgotten the goalkeeper situation and CB problems?

Studs Up
Studs Up
10 years ago

We have 2 and a half CB’s. Verminator and Djourou + Campbell (he’s the half as he can only do 1 game in 7 days)

I think only 1 CB will come in. High quality, low profile a la verminator.

Cole a good signing, I’ll take it.

IrishGooner
IrishGooner
10 years ago

If Cole is a done deal then I’d say Rosicky or Arshavin may be leaving. thing is didn’t Rosicky only sign a contract at the start of the season there? same with Eduardo?

Andrew
Andrew
10 years ago

Its not happening, I thought this was meant to be a reliable blog, not a website which regurgitates rubbish from the Metro. Thats like beliving quotes from marca

haho
haho
10 years ago

Cause Wenger wants extra strength in areas which are not really necessary, THEY are gonna be on free transfer, whilst he will pay money for the important CB and GK places…

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
10 years ago

great, we’ll sell cesc and replace him with a free transfer! fuckin typical arsene

ron
ron
10 years ago

Miserable sods, the lot of you.

brazen
brazen
10 years ago

I have gut feeling that Arsene will snap up Joe Cole despite his mammoth asking price. Arsene is willing to pay high for high calibre players who are on Bosman due to history of Sol Campbell signing on Bosman, which lead Sol to become the highest earner in Arsenal at that time. Paying Joe Cole 120k for 3 years is considered a retirement package to him plus Arsene does not have to shell out $$ to buy him. A very good shrewd investment to get a talented creative versatile player with vast CL experiences and Chelsea insider information! William Gallas… Read more »

rafi
rafi
10 years ago

If barca do not offer stupendous money for cesc then they are having a laugh about prising him away. £80m or no deal. being a spanish club(rem real madrid last yr – 250m out, <40m in) they may be mad enough to bankrupt themselves to achieve this aim. because it is a well known fact they do not have the money and they have a huge mountain of dept. I also hope the dire financial state of that country's economi comes to their door step.

Goonerdan
Goonerdan
10 years ago

Exactly Ron. Som of these mugsare pathetic. I wish they would all do one and supportanother team the pathetic little morons!!!

rex
rex
10 years ago

Complete and utter nonsense.

Fabio has officially BANNED every single England player from any club business until after the World Cup. All these ‘reports’ are BS.

Mike E
Mike E
10 years ago

we need dm (defensive midfield) cover for song OR make song our utility player(covering dm and cb) and buy a holding / defensive midfielder. that is our priority along with a giant (in everyy sense) of a cb

cole ? why not. good player. arsenal would suit him down to the ground.

Abhishek
Abhishek
10 years ago

with joe cole in, sell rosicky. both are similar in styles. and please get us some defensive reinforcements le professor!!!!!!

Roderick
10 years ago

Arsenal Line Up 2010-2011
Robert Green
Sagna Diakate Vermalen Clinchy
Song
Joe Cole Nasri
Fabregas Arshavin

Rvp

scott
scott
10 years ago

Capello also banned wags from the world cup and look whats happened , they make a program about life in south africa and are in glossy rags every week talking about how lovely the south african hotels are, capellos aint got that power over players , hes an overrated manager with an even more overrated team anyways

scott
scott
10 years ago

erm earl what did happen to the cesc bid today?, not sure eh? check the web for news

JayGooner
JayGooner
10 years ago

Looks like the Cole deal is done and dusted, the Arsenal way. We find out when we need to, not before. Joe Cole will not leave London, twitchy says it aint him, doubt its Fulham and a move to West Ham would be a huge shock soooooooooo…looks like the Mighty Arsenal will have a crowded midfield next season. But I truly believe that Cesc staying Cole arriving is only the start. I think Wenger has quite a few suprises lined up, including the huge signing everyone speculates about. Just hope its Gourcuff wait and see eh?

LANESRA04
LANESRA04
10 years ago

Joe Cole is a quality player. The fact that he has been injured doesnt concern me, he is a player who loves playing football and is not in Chelski’s plans as malouda has had such a good season. It may suprise lots of Arsenal fans that we are signing such a player, however, this is the type of player that we should be signing. Proven quality. Capello is no mug he knows wot cole is about, the very reason he has taken him. My only concern is that wenger has said he will bring in players before the world cup.… Read more »

gunner17
gunner17
10 years ago

cole would not be getting massive wages from arsenal…my understanding is that if he accepts he will be getting £12m over three years, which works out as £75k per week, except that it will be lower per week with the remainder being paid in bonus payments over the contract and also a signing on fee.

gunner17
gunner17
10 years ago

whether he accepts who knows…

saudi gooner
saudi gooner
10 years ago

i wish thats true + we neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed a goalkeeper,,

gunner17
gunner17
10 years ago

green would be a great buy

saf
saf
10 years ago

wicked hope this happens.. it will hopefully make Fabregas change his mind.. buh if Fabregas goes i hope Gourcuff joins as well.

Domson
Domson
10 years ago

Wenger’s previously stated that he let Toure go so Djourou icould start, then he got injured… Therefore, it seems likely that Djourou will start with Vermaelen. Another defender is likely to be bought in, but more of a squad player to provide cover, as opposed to a big name.

rudygooner
rudygooner
10 years ago

@JayGooner: do you want us to play with all attacking midfielder? Nasri, Rosicky, Arshavin, Wilshere, JET, and you still want Gourcuff to come?

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