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Robben-not feeling the Blues??

Go to fullsize image (A picture of how Robben saying goodbye to the Chelsea fans would look. In truth he is simply being substituted in a Premiership game last year. Probably got a sore ankle) 

It’s being reported tonight that Arjen Robben has agreed personal terms on a move to La Liga champions Real Madrid. Robben, who has been linked with Real for the past twelve months, has recently claimed he is set for a move, happy to stay, likes the sound of Madrid, is happy to be playing for Chelsea again. Robben’s father is also rarely out of the press saying this, that and the other about his son’s future however this time it is Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon who has told radio station ‘Onda Cero’ that discussions will be taking place over the coming days. Calderon has always maintained an interest in the Chelsea winger, and is reportedly set to green-light a £15million move for the man who cost Chelsea £12 million from PSV three years ago. Robben enthralled English audiences in his first season at Stamford Bridge and collected a Premiership winners medal in his first season at the club. The past two seasons have been slightly less successful (although Chelsea retained the title in 2006) with Robben suffering from a succession of injuries, falling out with Mourinho over his commitment to the club and appearing to seek a move abroad. Now it seems he may get his wish as Jose Mourinho refused to rule out the Dutchman’s sale after Chelsea’s 1-0 friendly win over Suwon Bluewings.

Where does this leave Chelsea? Although the figure being mentioned in the press suggests the fee will be around £15million, don’t be surprised if this is short of the mark. Chelsea are under no obligation to sell. Madrid recently spent a similar amount of money on Pepe, the reasonably inexperienced former Porto defender, and have a habit of paying ridiculous money for players who will entertain the crowd. So Chelsea will no doubt recoup more than they paid for Florent Malouda, a younger player with a fresher attitude towards life at Stamford Bridge, on the back of being voted the best player in France’s Ligue 1 last season. It will still be a blow for the Blues however; Robben has been one of the few at Chelsea who consistently runs with the ball and is permanently looking to attack. The Dutchman is also one of the few flair players in the team and with Shaun Wright Philips likely to move on this summer, Peter Kenyon’s claim that Chelsea have finished their spending this summer will be withdrawn should Robben move on. Most likely, Chelsea will return to Sevilla with an improved offer for Daniel Alves, the Brazilian right back- right winger who put in a starring performance in Brazil’s recent Copa America win over Argentina. While Chelsea had previously issued Sevilla with a take it or leave it offer, Malouda’s signing takes care of the left wing, should Robben move on, Alves fits the bill perfectly on the right……..

Go to fullsize image (highlight of thefc100’s year)

(Thefc100 would like it known that it would welcome the sight of Alves playing in the Premiership!!)

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