He has been one of the most outspoken men in football over recent months and it looks as though Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is at it again. The Latics chief wants Chelsea to hurry up and make a decision on forward Victor Moses, with the Blues apparently dithering about whether or not to match Whelan’s valuation.
Reports over recent weeks have suggested that Chelsea were close to agreeing a £10m deal for the player, with Roberto Di Matteo desperate to land his man having chased him throughout the summer. However, it now looks as though the two club’s haven’t actually agreed a fee, with the Blues failing to match Wigan’s lower valuation of £9m for the former Crystal Palace man.
According to Whelan, he just wants an end to the saga. As well as saying that he’s offering Moses to Chelsea at a cut down price, the 75-year-old has also demanded that the Blues pay the whole fee upfront and not insert any performance related clauses. Speaking to Sky Sports, Whelan said, “They’ve offered certain things but one of them was on appearances and I’m not too keen on appearances because all kinds of things can happen at a football cub like Chelsea. You can play one game out of six in the first team because there is so much competition. You could get injured. I’ve asked them for a fee, if they pay the fee we release him, if they don’t then we keep him.”
Having already signed Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and Oscar in big money moves this summer, it would appear likely for this to be the last major acquisition for the Blues this summer. Nevertheless, Roberto Di Matteo knows that he must have a large squad at his disposal this term, with Chelsea poised to take part in six more competitions this term, after losing out in the Community Shield on Sunday.