TRANSFER TALK: Chelsea prepare £25m midfielder bid
By Football Talk.
Chelsea are set to bid £25m for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger after confirming both Joe Cole and Michael Ballack will leave the club this summer. The 25-year-old German international had a great season for Bayern, leading them to a league and cup double as well as reaching the Champions League Final, losing 2-0 to Inter Milan.
Chelsea are keen to add more youth to their ageing squad and Ancelotti sees the 26-year-old Schweinsteiger as a perfect replacement for the outgoing Michael Ballack, who will join Joe Cole in leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the month. The German vice-captain can play either on the wing or in central midfield, has a contract that runs until 2012 with Bayern.
It is reported that Chelsea officials have already been in contact with Schweinsteiger’s representatives and are preparing a £4m-a-year deal, but the hard-working midfielder is not concerning himself with transfer talk and is concentrating on the World Cup.
“Right now I’m focusing solely on the World Cup,” Schweinsteiger said.
“All the rest doesn’t interest me.”
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