Chelsea ready to sell £25m Ashley Cole, Coentrao lined-up as replacement

By on August 6, 2010

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Written by Football Talk.

Chelsea will allow Ashley Cole to join Real Madrid as long as they can secure the signing of Fabio Coentrao as his replacement, according to the Mirror.

The report claims that Cole has his heart set on a move to Madrid and has been begging Carlo Ancelotti to let him leave Stamford Bridge. Apparently Chelsea have decided to allow Cole to move on and have began talks with Benfica about Coentrao who was a star performer for Portugal during the World Cup and would cost the blues around £16m.

Real Madrid are poised to offer £25m for Cole after Jose Mourinho made it clear he was his number 1 transfer target this summer, and although Chelsea have tried to persuade the full-back to stay in London, Cole wants to get away from England and link-up with Mourinho once again.

Reports in Portugal are also claiming that Chelsea are in talks with Benfica about David Luiz, who they see as a potential replacement for want-away centre-back Ricardo Carvalho who also wants a move to Real Madrid.

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