Serie A side willing to sign the Stamford Bridge defender, but may be forced to give striker in return…
Italian giants Milan are ready to make a January €7 million offer to sign Chelsea left-back according to Calciomercato.
A move to Milan may tempt the 31-year-old more than a potential move to another Premier League side and the nearer Cole gets to the end of his current deal the more likely such a departure becomes.
Chelsea are probably right to stick to their guns with regard to their contractual policy, not least as any change they make will apply to Frank Lampard and other older players nearing the end of their contracts and any move to offer Ashley Cole a longer deal will set a precedent, one that they didn’t feel the need to consider when allowing Didier Drogba to leave the club last summer.
Though Milan are not having the best of seasons. a move at the San Siro could interest the former Arsenal man as a new challenge.
Cole is into his seventh season at Stamford Bridge and has racked up 271 appearances for the Blues, winning a Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and a Champions League winners medal in the process.
However, Chelsea have prepared themselves make a counterattack by luring Milan’s injure-plagued forward Alexandre Pato, as they hope to add on to their Brazilian contingent. Roberto Di Matteo is keen to sign a new striker in January and after being priced out of a move for Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao, he could now turn to Pato.
The Brazilian has struggled with injuries after bursting on to the scene as an 18-year-old but at 23 he still has plenty of time on his side and could be an option for Premier League side. The Italian tactician is having to rely on Fernando Torres and with doubts surrounding the future of Daniel Sturridge, another striker is needed when the window re-opens.
Milan are ready to cash in and Pato could soon be joining Oscar, Ramires and David Luiz at the Stamford Bridge.