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Cole opts for United over Arsenal and Tottenham


By Football Talk.

Joe Cole has told close friends he wants to join Manchester United, according to The Sun newspaper. The midfielder will become a free agent next week when his contract with Chelsea expires, and it seems that Manchester United are now leading the race for his signature.

The news will stun Arsenal fans, as the Gunners were expected to tie up a deal for Cole after the World Cup, while Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and new Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho are both keen on Cole as well.

Until now, it was thought that Cole would stay in London as his wife wants to keep their new born baby near their families. Arsenal and Spurs soon became the front-runners after it emerged that Cole and Chelsea could not agree terms on a new deal. Arsene Wenger was believed to have won the race by offering Cole a three-year £100,000pw deal, something Tottenham couldn’t compete with, and the deal would be completed upon Cole’s arrival home from the World Cup as long as he could pass a strict medical.

But now it seems one of the most high-profile free transfer sagas in recent years may have taken another twist. England fans will be hoping a decision on Cole’s future is delayed for at least another week, as the national squad prepare for their crunch tie against Slovenia on Wednesday.

However, the speculation contradicts reports earlier this month which suggested Cole would bow to the wishes of his new wife Carly, who wants to stay close to their families in London because of the recent birth of their first child.

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Cole is set to be involved in one of the most high-profile free transfer sagas of recent years after Chelsea revealed they would allow him to leave the club this summer upon the expiration of his contract.

Talks over a new deal between the Blues and Cole’s representatives collapsed over his wage demands, which were said to be close to £120,000-per-week.

It has since emerged that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed to skew the club’s wage structure in a bid to land creative midfielder Cole, who would be offered a three-year contract at the Emirates Stadium.

But Manchester United and Manchester City are both said to be keen to land the England international this summer, after he returns from World Cup duty in South Africa with the national side.



  1. Spudhater

    June 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I wonder what will happen when the new football liquidity laws come into effect? Cole could be without a club in a year

  2. Ozzy Daro

    June 22, 2010 at 10:29 am

    We dont need joe cole in Arsenal……..Wenger get Melo,hazard and two no nosense CB’s………We’ll go all the way…..

    • AGREE

      June 22, 2010 at 11:30 am


  3. Goona

    June 22, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I’m not at all disappointed because I didn’t expect him to sign for us in the first place. Joe is a money man and on top of that he wants to join a club that wins things. We ‘ll never win anything because none of the top players will want to join us until we get a real football manager and not a bank manager who’s watching the purse strings all the time by buying cheapies. To be fair he has bought some decent players but as all gooners know for the past 5 years we need a hell of af a lot more than that.

  4. 4everaspur

    June 22, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Cole has no real ambition to play he has been happy as a bench warmer for chavski and england and he will be happy to warm the bench for manure. All he is interested in is the money. If a few medals come along that is a bonus.

  5. MikeB

    June 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Which ‘Friends’ were these then?
    Was it the guys he had a couple of pints with last night?
    Maybe it was friends he went out to dinner with the night before?
    This is just nonsense speculation from people with nothing else to write about.

  6. Arsnik

    June 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Any great players for us out there at the world cup then? Oh I forgot … if they’re world class then they’re probably far too expesnive for Arsenal. We only shop in Aldi … don’t laugh its got some promising brands you know. F.F.S. Wenger just buy us one world class footballer!

  7. Simon

    June 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Struggling to find something to write about lads? Trying to put new spin on a story where there is none? Joe Cole’s agent’s agreed terms with Arsenal a long time before it was ever even a rumour on the transfer rumour pages. I know you might ask , “well , how would you know?”………and the answer is ….I can’t tell you…….but just trust me……..provided Joe Cole does not do himself any injury at the WC he is already and Arsenal player. Even if he did say to “friends” he wanted to join Utd……there would be little he could do at this point. Everything has been agreed subject to a medical on his return from the WC.

    All these sites are going to look so retarded.

    • Football Talk

      June 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      @ Simon.

      We actually covered the ‘Cole to sign for Arsenal after the WC’ stories some time ago –

      This was mearly an update on what one newspaper had printed this morning. The fact is, until Cole is officially presented at his new club, there will always be speculation.

  8. Simon

    June 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Yes , speculation…….but come on! Surely you can do better than , “Coles mates say he wants to join Utd” ……thats just a pants attempt at creating something out of nothing. If it was any other club Cole had agreed terms with you would probably already know…….but because of the nature of Arsenal and how they conduct business it will just be silence. That is until every I is dotted and T is crossed and he pass’s that medical. Then and only then will the media know. Those closely connected to the club have known for some time……and that is where the leaks have come from.

    • Football Talk

      June 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      We didn’t come up with ‘Coles mates say he wants to join Utd’, it was taken from a national newspaper who don’t like to be linked to. Lets just say its a beautiful day today, its nice to see the *** out for once!

      I know there not the most reliable of papers, but people still want to know whats being reported.

  9. Kev

    June 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Man united can’t afford him what with trying to pay off the interest on their massive debts!

    Unfortunately for them they don’t have an £80m player that they can sell each season (and that’s just to pay the interest) so the debt is only going to get worse.

    Oh well, nevermind lol.

  10. shooy

    June 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    “Close friends” told!!!!. Classic stuff and some of you accept that as fact like a bunch of muppets

  11. Jmotion

    June 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm


    “Close friends” told!!!!. Classic stuff and some of you accept that as fact like a bunch of muppets

    Totally agree.. and to make it worse “it is according to the SUN! That reporter is a sure United fan hoping to link United to some attacking talent as he depressed at the sight of their boring boring united team. If they lose Rooney to the tune of 80mil to Real Madrid they won’t be worth watching at all.

    Let’s see if this Sun reporter has the balls to report the rumor of Real Madrid going for Rooney and they may off load Kaka and Benzema as part of the deal as Mourinho will go for a more solid team of ball winners and players that can keep possession. Would Fergie trade Roonie for Kaka and Benzema?

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