Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed today that Chelsea had bid for his most prized asset, French winger Franck Ribery. But we're not alone.
"Real (Madrid) have asked in person, through their president, Florentino Perez, and his adviser, Pedro Jimenez, whether we will talk to them about a deal," Rummenigge said, according to Sky Sports. "We have rejected that request, because we have no intention of selling Ribery."
"Chelsea's bid has already been reported, and there's also Manchester United and Barcelona. We are approaching it calmly, because we are the ones who have the power to make the decision."
Our offer, believed to be about £40 million, looks to have been swept aside with some menace. Yikes.
A story in the Guardian suggests United, who have denied contact with Bayern, are pulling out of the race altogether. In fact, Fergs & Co. will, via a new youth policy, refuse to sign any player over the age of 26. Now, I don't know how accurate this is, but if true then ooooook. Good news for us, I'd say.
Anyway. Thoughts on the no way in hell potential signing of Ribery? As you guys know, I'm an advocate, but I'm not sure about the price at this point. There are cheaper alternatives (c. Valencia).
Regardless, I'll keep you posted.