Why Ashley Coles Transfer Fee Is So Substantial

By M. B. Zaidi

There have been a few figures thrown out in the media of the potential value of Ashley Coles transfer fee to Chelsea if that ever does materialise which it seems it will. Ashley Cole is a fine defender, he is at a perfect age, is English and has vast experience at both club and international level. I cant think of a better left full back to sign in the entire world and think he is a class act for sure.

Ashley has grown up at our club and has always been a crowd favourite…that is of course until the stupid tapping up affair with Chelsea ruined his reputation with the fans and the club. He now for some reason feels that the club has betrayed him even though he was the one going behind the clubs back doing illegal things…anyway forget that its all in the past…the point now is we are about a week or so away from the Champions League tie on the 8th August and Clichy has been ruled out for the beginning part of our season along with Diaby, Lauren and Senderos. If Cole was to play in that match he would be cup tied for the Champions League if he was to move to Chelsea, which would significantly reduce his transfer fee.

It all seems a bit stupid to me that people are happy with the squad we have, even though most I have talked to are extremely worried about our lack of signings that are actually solid enough to be considered acquisitions that have improved our squad. Signings like Hleb…who cost a bit at the time but has slotted in and his class has shone threw…Hopefully this time next season I will be saying that Rosicky is another signing that made an immediate impact.

The price that Chelsea apparently wanted to pay was a mere £16 million…at a time where Carrick has just gone for a stupidly high price of £17.25 million. Other figures thrown out have been £20 million and £26 million. I read on another site that we are being greedy and I 100% DON’T AGREE WITH THAT…why the hell shouldn’t we be greedy…he is our asset, has 2 years left on his contract and is arguably the best left back in the world…YES £26 million is higher than he is worth to a normal club, but this is Chelsea…not just that they have the spending power of Mr. Abramovich but also because they are one of our biggest rivals in terms of winning the title. AND also that they pay stupid fees for everyone else that is a nobody or scored a few goals in the champions league for one season, or was highly rated on championship manager….We are giving up a player who is quick, strong, defensively quite brilliant and attackingly superb…

Let me take you back to a few seasons back where Shaun Wright Phillips was about to leave Man City…apparently we wanted him too as well as Liverpool….he got a bit greedy and went to Chelsea and how many games has he played?…EXACTLY MY POINT….Chelsea purchased him just so their rivals couldn’t…so if that was £21 million (from the top of my head) then why the hell would we settle for anything less…

Chelsea would pay £26 million JUST TO weaken our side…and I for one cant wait until it is all over with…im getting bored to death by it and think it will do everyone good once he leaves…Traore looks a real talent and Clichy and Flamini are competent…£26 million that can be invested in making our squad stronger (the debt repayment of our new stadium)…

More on what I think is necessary for us to spend on in the transfer market later but I will say we shouldn’t settle for anything less than £20 million…anything higher is a bonus…Beg to differ? Leave your comments by clicking that little comment thing on the bottom right…more later all…good day…

  • Anonymous

    Twat.

  • RIch, Sydney

    Great article, nice to see a blogger talking about the COle situation rationally without resulting to the C word. It is a shame and it will hurt us. I would love to see the money spent well on a CB and a LB. Lauren can push into his natural position of defensive midfield and save us a few million there too. Gallas would be a hit too but he has an attitude that needs sorting. Would love to see Henry giving some vocal encouragement rather then sulky looks this year

  • library2.0

    i think we should take as much as possible. Cole has been a pain (more so than even Anelka). He’s a local lad made good. And how does he reward us? says we didn’t support him? goes to training,argues with DD and gets Mummy (sorry Tweedy) to take him home after bringing in a sick note for baby……But will Wenger sign anyone? I doubt it……so cole…..plz go……

  • Anonymous

    I think that we should settle for no less than 30 mil. Then put 10 mil off the loan and 20 mil into the squad. Or 25 mil and gallas would be nice

  • Anonymous

    I think that we should settle for no less than 30 mil. Then put 10 mil off the loan and 20 mil into the squad. Or 25 mil and gallas would be nice

  • aua

    clichy has the potential to be a great player, even tho he has got a few niggles which wenger will hopefully soon iron out. a top class centre back will definately be a bonus, but i can’t think of anyone immediately who comes to mind who wenger will be willing to purchase (apart from curtis davies, but with wba holdin out for such a high fee and him recently signing a new four year contract, that looks increasingly unklikely in the near future at least). also, even though i like developing youngsters in certain positions, it is always nice to see top-class players signed in any position so hopefully there may be one with the money which could come through the Cole sale (sell him – no commitment to play for arsenal anymore so is not wanted. we need players who want to play)

  • aua

    clichy has the potential to be a great player, even tho he has got a few niggles which wenger will hopefully soon iron out. a top class centre back will definately be a bonus, but i can’t think of anyone immediately who comes to mind who wenger will be willing to purchase (apart from curtis davies, but with wba holdin out for such a high fee and him recently signing a new four year contract, that looks increasingly unklikely in the near future at least). also, even though i like developing youngsters in certain positions, it is always nice to see top-class players signed in any position so hopefully there may be one with the money which could come through the Cole sale (sell him – no commitment to play for arsenal anymore so is not wanted. we need players who want to play)

  • Anonymous

    hello, i am also an arsenalfun, my english is not all that fine, but i will try my best, i think anything less than 20 is unacceptable, but we have those who can step up very well.

  • Anonymous

    hello, i am also an arsenalfun, my english is not all that fine, but i will try my best, i think anything less than 20 is unacceptable, but we have those who can step up very well.

  • Anonymous

    Lets go for 50m plus SWP, Cashki are dumb enough to pay that…
    That way we get rid of cunt face and can sell SWP back to daddy for the 2m he is worth. Wack the 2m on the loan and spend 50m on some real players with balls like cocnuts like all of Kolos brothers

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Thankyou so far for your comments all…much appreciated…just to let you know on Newsnow it pulished that Rooney article from AGES ago…I dont know why it did that but it is an automatic thing, anyway doesnt matter now…keep your comments coming….more from me in the morning…Good day

  • Anonymous

    nice article but i fear that the money will not be spent on making the team stronger NOW but young players that will help us down the line BUT we have enouph of them and we should get players that help the young ones develope and we r facing a bad season i fear we will not make the CL next year cause every bodey is gettingstronger while we r getting much much weeker (defence/RP7/DB10)

  • Kim Stian Ervik

    16 + Gallas or 10 + SWP would be great. If SWP joins, then use some of that cash to get Woodgate.

  • Anonymous

    Hello, Arsenel funs everywhere are getting increasingly disgusted by Ashley’s fake excuses for wanting a transfar and more so, to a rival club. Chelsea has always spent abnormal sums of money not only to strengthen its squard but also to weaken its rivals. It can afford to pay any price to see Arsenal get religated! Cole is still an Arsenal player & if they realy want him, let them pay a price good enough to strengthen our side. May be 40m

  • Anonymous

    Nice article. However AW should move swiftly to finalise the deal, then use the money to make some decent buys in time to beat the CL deadline.

  • Anonymous

    Players plus cash deal would be nice. Gallas plus Cudicini + 15m looks a good deal. The next club to get SWP will tear teams apart as he will be like a man possessed in an attempt to prove his many doubters and critics wrong. Wenger would do a lot worse than to harnish this emotion with SWP and give him a go. Its meant to be anyhow. Who knows we might be surprised when we pick up the papers tomorrow – Headline Reads Arsenal swoop to capture Viera, Gallas, Torres & Yaya. Bring on Chelsea (Oh by the way Cole signs for Girls Aloud in 50m move)!

  • Anonymous

    what a load of bitter cunts we don`t need him anyway,do you think you`ll make the uefa cup this season?….losers

  • Anonymous

    I hope we do get 20m plus for it! Arsene will buy us 2 new squads for that amount of money!

  • Anonymous

    Cole should be sold for not less than £22 millon cash. Player exchange would be acceptable, especially Gallas as we are now definately short of experience at the back.

  • Anonymous

    Cole should be sold for not less than £22 millon cash. Player exchange would be acceptable, especially Gallas as we are now definately short of experience at the back.

  • Anonymous

    whoever that anonymous twat was f*ck off you c*nt! ur team is made up of players that are only there to earn there life svings so they can grow old happily later in life we all the money roman mctwatovich gave them to play for his c*nting chelski chavs. you russian tits would be playing for intertoto football without the russians money so shut up. We don’t have to spend 150 million to win the title and then tap up players and steal them from other clubs (obi mikel from utd, how out of order was that) all chelsea do is approach a player tell him there gonna play for the club for 100,000 grand a week plus anything extra and they jump at the chance. SWP ruined his career joining chelsea, parker had only just got back to the form he was in from charlton before you poached him. How many more talent is going to be wasted at the chavs? anyway good article, personally i just want this saga to end now its depressing me. I was looking forward to the new season until the revelations of cole’s book came out. what a disloyal… nope i won’t say the c word. Lets just hope he goes or decides to have a u-turn do he still won’t get a good reception if he steps out on that pitch. anyway come on you gunners!!!!

  • Anonymous

    GunnerPete says….Really intellegent article thanks, but is there anyway you can edit out the morons who’s one brain cell can only swear. I can just imagine the low life’s sitting in their bedrooms, typing out expleatives, convinced we are all so proud of them. well sorry lads, if you have nothing constructive to say, go and play with your other toys.

    As for Ashley, every move has followed his & Chelskis plan to the letter. They make sure they are caught tapping up, knowing full well that our FA ( what an apt initial) would be scared to deduct 8 points for bribery etc. Then Cole uses a publicist to tell the world he was done up like a kipper, and betrayed ( a strange use of the word) then he reveals a verbal agreement for him to leave for £16 mill, then Chelski come in with a £16.5 mill bid, and are told to stuff where the sun dont shine. What next.? I expect Cole to say he will never play for AFC again, and Chelski to up their bid to £20 mill. Hopefully, when this happens, Arsene will say, £20 mill plus either Bridge, Cudicini, or SWP. Gallas although just what we want is trouble in the mould of Pennant etc.

    My only sadness is that I was right about our signings in January & now. Rosicky is a great player, but where are the ball winners?

    And it would not be an AFC season if we did not begin the year without at least 4 stars out for months.

  • Borehamwood Gooner

    Money is only good if it is invested wisely.

    You dont have to be silly to realise we need a left sided CB and or a left full back.

    If you can get both of these for the cash you get from Cole then great.

    Personally I think Reyes is leaving as well and we should be looking at Hargreaves, not replace Reyes as we have enough in the squad to fill his place in Rosicky, Hleb, Walcott, Freddie and potentially Van Persie, and Buffon because whilst Lehman had a great season last season he wont be around 4ever.

  • Nturtle

    Nice to see ya Gunnerpete (above) – good article I agree.

    Let’s just get it over and done with…and move on. I was more impressed with the news on Traore…who seems to be another up and coming left-back…so we’re in good hands FOR THE FUTURE…

    We’re still short of experienced players…but who says we can’t do it without experience?

    Just go Ashley…and let it be. The only twist…would be that he goes to Real Madrid instead…

  • Anonymous

    Ashley Cole dragged us through the papers. Fed Arsenal to the Abramovich sharks. We must get all we can from his sale I’d settle for two little ducks.

    22m

    stu

  • Willy Lopez

    I look forward to Cole coming back to Asburton Grove as a blue and receiving double the abuse Sol got at Tottenham. I think he just wants to hang out with the english boys at chelsea. Its a shame cos he could have been an Arsenal legend and would probably have been captain after Henry. We should cash in, buy some more strapping africans with good technique for a couple of hundred grand and let wneger work his magic.

  • Willy Lopez

    We should be snapping up Marcos Senna, not Man U. I just want Wenger to splash some cash!

  • Anonymous

    GunnerPete says….Thanks Nturtle (love the name) If I had one chance to talk to God (Arsene), I would ask why ?

    Why…..let the Cole saga go on ?
    why…..not buy Hargreaves?
    why…..not sell Reyes to madrid and get Woodgate in Part ex?
    (and before anyone moans about injury prone.remember ALL our stars last season first)

    why…. let Gilbert go ouit on loan when we need a fullback ?

    why….not sell Lauren to Spain & get some money in.

    why….not sell Freddy, & do the same ?

    why does Olive Oil have an adams apple ?

    Seariously though, I pray that FIFA or some body will ban any more rich kids coming into our football with the idea of buying title after title. If its true that another Rusky is in charge of Pompey & a yank wants Villa, we are on the edge of distruction of our wonderful game. The only answer then would be for the rest AFC inc, to form a new league in opposition, and let the others have control of the Premeirship. what a nightmare.

  • Anonymous

    when cole does come to arseburton grove he`ll be on the wining side, the side in blue, the side with the english players.what have you lot got to be proud of,losers.you won`t be wining so many home games now that you`ve got to play on a full size pitch,and not that crappy little one anymore. your SHIT and you know you are

  • Anonymous

    cant wait till the crook gets shot and chelsea go bust, keep your silly comments to your own blog

  • Anonymous

    cant wait till the crook gets shot and chelsea go bust, keep your silly comments to your own blog

  • Anonymous

    i think people should be cautious when saying that armand traore is good backup… don’t forget he is only 16. I reckon he’s a top third string and i’d love to see him get a bit of carling and fa cup action this season but that’s about it. Unless of course he turns out to be some freak like fabregas that just tears it up in the epl.
    to be honest, if cole goes i think wenger already has someone who he’s got lined up to replace him… it happened with pires being replaced almost instantly with rosicky so who knows. perhaps even Illiasu is the CB who can play LB.

  • Anonymous

    there`s nothing like a jealous arsehole supporter fuck all your gone win fuck all

  • Anonymous

    YOU KNOW L8LY IVE BEEN SMILING MORE. FIRST WE TOLD ASH HE WASNT A GENTLEMAN SO THE VCERBAL AGREEMENT WAS NULL AND VOID, THEN WE TOLD CHELSEA 30MIL, THEN WE RECRUITED BRAZIL N ARGENTINA TO INTERNATIONALLY CHRISTEN THE EMIRATES, N NOW ARSENAL HAVE TOLD ASH, FINE WRITE YOUR LITTLE BOOK BUT YOU CANT USE ANY ARSENAL PICS, WHICH MEANS NO HIGHBURY PICS, NO PICS OF ASH LIFTING SILVERWEAR, NOTHING WITH ARSENAL VENUES OR MERCHANDISE, CAN WE BE MORE CRUEL, YES WE CAN, WAIT FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT FROM DAVID DEIN ON ‘ HOW TO PISS OFF ASHLEY’

  • Anonymous

    YOU KNOW L8LY IVE BEEN SMILING MORE. FIRST WE TOLD ASH HE WASNT A GENTLEMAN SO THE VCERBAL AGREEMENT WAS NULL AND VOID, THEN WE TOLD CHELSEA 30MIL, THEN WE RECRUITED BRAZIL N ARGENTINA TO INTERNATIONALLY CHRISTEN THE EMIRATES, N NOW ARSENAL HAVE TOLD ASH, FINE WRITE YOUR LITTLE BOOK BUT YOU CANT USE ANY ARSENAL PICS, WHICH MEANS NO HIGHBURY PICS, NO PICS OF ASH LIFTING SILVERWEAR, NOTHING WITH ARSENAL VENUES OR MERCHANDISE, CAN WE BE MORE CRUEL, YES WE CAN, WAIT FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT FROM DAVID DEIN ON ‘ HOW TO PISS OFF ASHLEY’

  • Anonymous

    Whoa, i know its bad for you guys,we all know your gonna win fuck all,you may need some thearapy,maybe you can win the carling cup,do you need a cuddle,do you need someone to tell you that they love you? i wish i could tell you that your gonna win something this season,But we all know i would be lying,cause your gonna win fuck all because your a bunch of really bad losers

  • Anonymous

    You ginger cunts

  • aua

    Why don’t some people stay on thier own fansites, the fools. They have to hate on the side which on a TIGHT, LIMITED BUDGET managed to win so many trophies whilst playing some of the most fluent, stylish, ENTERTAINING football that this land has seen. It has also developed many young unknown players into world-class superstars instead of dipping into someone’s deep pockets to buy players, sometimes in order for their competitors not to. And yet they, despite thier vast array of expensively bought talent, choose to play in their boring, monotonous style of play, which is killing the idea of football being entertaining and killing the game itself. Take Cole, he’s not even wanted here anymore. We want players playing with their heart and not like players in some teams (ahem) playing for their bank accounts. I don’t see the sense of achievement recieved by those players in those (ahem) teams (team).

  • Anonymous

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    Honey Bunny: [about to rob a diner] I love you, Pumpkin.
    Pumpkin: I love you, Honey Bunny.
    Pumpkin: [Standing up with a gun] All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!
    Honey Bunny: Any of you fucking pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!

  • Anonymous

    who cares if cole goes? we will get at least 20 mil for him and that can be used to buy far more talented wenger signings. give it a year and most of the chelski players will be pissed off there not getting played i mean its already happening with duff leaving gallas wanting out and so on, i feel we need to make two more signings in the defensive region and i think we will be well on our way this year, who im not quite sure, iv heard gallas name mentioned as part of a swap deal for cole and if we could pull that off that would be a masterstroke or abidal has been mentioned and he played fairly well in the france squad at the world cup. the chelski empire will fall sooner or later either the money man will be arreseted or the superstars that are benched will revolt but it will tumble.

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Thankyou ALL for your comments…and AUA thankyou for your amusing yet quite relevant comment…well said….will be writing about our defensive situation in some detail shortly so please be check back for more articles and once again thankyou for everyones contribution…much appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    I think for the best of Arsenal , there are two options. The favourable of the two options are 18mill cash+William Gallas(6-7mill)from Chelsea. That will solve Arsenal’s central problem and William can help Flamini with his experience. With the 18mill cash, Arsene can buy Ribery if he feels there is a need to. or save up for next transfer season to buy Buffon.
    2nd less favourable option sell Ashley to Real Mardrid for Cash(10mill) + Baptista. We do need replacement for Gilberto as he cant be playing everymatches.

    So how is it? Maybe Arsene have better idea like hunting for cheap unpolished players worth below 1mill pound and that is sure giving him lots of headache. Get William Gallas to solve Arsene’s headache and stress.

    Question why Gallas want to join Arsenal?
    1)Arsenal can afford Gallas’s bumber contract if the deal goes through.

    2)Arsenal plays a very exciting attacking football which will surely appeal Gallas since he likes to attack and does not like to be restrained. But he does did very well to get back to defence line on time due to proper cordination partnership with John Terry. I am sure this will work as well for Kolo Toure.

    3)Arsenal is looking for a central experienced defender who can do multi task but more of central player. Last season Kolo Toure played almost every matches and if that continues in this coming season, it is a highly likelihood that Kolo Toure will get injuries. Gallas actually has lots of chances to play in central postion much more than at Chelsea.

    4)Emirate Staduim is world class stadium with world class facilities and any footballers will be tremendously proud of. Also the pitch is extremely high tech with water system for maintaning the condition of the pitch which will reduce injuries on Arsenal’s players during practice match. That shows how much Arsenal and Arsene treasures Arsenal players! Gallas will be that surely appreciated!

  • Anonymous

    It saddens me that people speculate on anything that seems to be a story
    ie cesc reyes etc
    let cole go and we will be shit,one played doesnt run a team particually not a defender ,but it show how consrtained by the huge debt for the new highbury .
    Im in oz now but was a regular at highbury for two decades and from here it seems we are going backwards
    wasnt we told mr wegs had a jackpot off 40 mill a couple off seasons ago then we had another twenty ,remind me who we spent that loyt on cause i cant see ronaldo s name on our team list

  • Anonymous

    It saddens me that people speculate on anything that seems to be a story
    ie cesc reyes etc
    let cole go and we will be shit,one played doesnt run a team particually not a defender ,but it show how consrtained by the huge debt for the new highbury .
    Im in oz now but was a regular at highbury for two decades and from here it seems we are going backwards
    wasnt we told mr wegs had a jackpot off 40 mill a couple off seasons ago then we had another twenty ,remind me who we spent that loyt on cause i cant see ronaldo s name on our team list

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Ye it seems as if Wenger DOES have plenty of money to spend and I dont think it is JUST because of money he isnt spending…he seems to think we actually are strong enough which to me doesnt make sense if all of the clubs around us have got stronger while we have let go of even more experienced players (even though they are perhaps not needed)…it doesnt change the fact we havent improved enough to actually feel like title contenders. SURE our young players have gained vast amounts of experience in the last season but that surely wont be enough on its own…no reason to panic yet though…we will just have to wait and see. More later on the “possible Gallas move”

  • Anonymous

    GunnerPete says….I hope Im right as I have a strange feeling that I know what Arsene (God) is up to !

    I think he has known all along that Gallas wants out of moneybridge, and wants to come back to playing stylish football. So, im ready to bet that BratCole will go to the Kensington Dump, and AFC will get Gallas + £13 mill.

    This would mean Arsene (God) has done it again because, he could play the following team when Senderos is back, and note the new Midfiled ???

    Lehmann

    Eboue Senderos Gallas Flamini

    Toure K.

    Hleb Fabrigas Rosicky

    Van Percie

    Henry.

    Subs : well this is the hard bit!

    Almunia, Djuoru, Reyes, Adebajour, Bentner.

    I know it may come as a shock but this is the guts we need in midfield and centre back. If we had done this before we would have won the Champs Final. Yes I am not forgetting some players have been missed out. Now I would make money on them.

    Lauren, Freddy, Cygan, and a few more could bring us in £ 10 mill. Add that to the spare £13 mill above and when Arsene (God) wants to he can buy either Torres, or Teves, or some Great UK star when he is found!

    This will give Walcott plenty of time on the bench and being played when injuries are bad. Have a look its some powerful team up there, and player for player a class above moneybridge & Manure.

  • Anonymous

    GunnerPete says….I hope Im right as I have a strange feeling that I know what Arsene (God) is up to !

    I think he has known all along that Gallas wants out of moneybridge, and wants to come back to playing stylish football. So, im ready to bet that BratCole will go to the Kensington Dump, and AFC will get Gallas + £13 mill.

    This would mean Arsene (God) has done it again because, he could play the following team when Senderos is back, and note the new Midfiled ???

    Lehmann

    Eboue Senderos Gallas Flamini

    Toure K.

    Hleb Fabrigas Rosicky

    Van Percie

    Henry.

    Subs : well this is the hard bit!

    Almunia, Djuoru, Reyes, Adebajour, Bentner.

    I know it may come as a shock but this is the guts we need in midfield and centre back. If we had done this before we would have won the Champs Final. Yes I am not forgetting some players have been missed out. Now I would make money on them.

    Lauren, Freddy, Cygan, and a few more could bring us in £ 10 mill. Add that to the spare £13 mill above and when Arsene (God) wants to he can buy either Torres, or Teves, or some Great UK star when he is found!

    This will give Walcott plenty of time on the bench and being played when injuries are bad. Have a look its some powerful team up there, and player for player a class above moneybridge & Manure.