Chelsea FC Transfer Rumours: QPR's Pursuit Of Alex Intensifying

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Alex of Chelsea and Orlando Sa of Fulham battle for the ball during the Carling Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge on September 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Queens Park Rangers are upping their pursuit of Chelsea's lesser Brazilian centre half after having their first bid rejected by Michael Emenalo and company. According to the Guardian, QPR, now helmed by Mark Hughes, are willing to go up to - wait for it - £0.0035B for Alex's signature. Even reporting that sum of money in quasi-fair units, it's still an awfully low bid for a reasonable-quality Premier League defender, and with Chelsea needing to absorb £30M (£7M transfer fee, £80,000 pounds per week over 5.5 years) worth of Gary Cahill fees and contracts, you'd have to imagine that the Blues can do better.

If this was a foreign club, I'd be a little more inclined to give a discount, but Alex should be worth somewhere close to Cahill's valuation and Chelsea should not be selling him to a fellow Premier League club for a cut-price rate. It's a pretty insulting offer, and hopefully it will be met with the same reaction as QPR's opening bid - contempt. Let's hope that interest from Juventus was legitimate, because a minor bidding war would be just what the doctor ordered as far as we're concerned.

And because I like polls and we haven't had one recently...

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