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Malouda on his way to Chelsea

 Go to fullsize image  (the freakishly strong Florent Malouda)

Chelsea have agreed terms with French Champions Lyon over the transfer of French winger Florent Malouda. Malouda, who had previously held talks with Rafael Benitez over a move to Liverpool, should complete his move to Chelsea tomorrow to be unveiled as a Chelsea player by Wednesday at the latest.

Malouda, named player of the season last year in Ligue1, will sign for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around 13.5 million pounds. The move is also expected to be Chelsea’s only major money signing of the pre-season, after Sidwell, Pizarro and Ben Haim all arrived on free transfers in the last month. Shaun Wright Phillips’ future at the club is surely over now, with the club still struggling to find a team willing to pay ten million for the tricky winger. While Liverpool were previously fans of Wright-Phillips, Chelsea are unlikely to let him join their rivals, and others are put off by the asking price considering the England internationals lack of playing time since his arrival at Stamford Bridge two years ago.

Another man who may be the subject of speculation over his future is Arjen Robben, however with Robben able to play on either wing, Mourinho may seek to keep the Dutchman on Chelsea’s right flank, with the left wing then occupied by Malouda. Real Madrid are sure to be keeping an eye on developments however….. 

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