Barcelona based ‘Sport’ are claiming that Chelsea and Milan have agreed on a deal, which will see the Blues offer cash plus defender William Gallas in exchange for Andriy Shevchenko. This would be a second major coup for Roman Abramovich and Chelsea this summer after signing Michael Ballack from Bayern Munich.
Sport have reported Chelsea have agreed a four year deal worth just over £6 million per year with Shevchenko, and that only the final details remain to be sorted out with Milan.
The Rossoneri are happy with Gallas coming their way in exchange, but are keen to make a little more money off their star.
Chelsea have currently offered 40 million Euros along with the French international defender, and Milan are apparently looking to push that closer to 50, particularly given the fact that Chelsea are involved.
However, the deal is practically in place, minus the final details, and set be announced publicly tomorrow, as both Gallas and Shevchenko are keen to get it out of the way well before the World Cup.
Shevchenko himself assured yesterday in Moscow, during a promotional campaign, that he would end the uncertainty over his future by tomorrow following a summit with Milan executive Galliani.
If the reports are true, it would be the second major catch for Chelsea this summer, after snapping up German skipper Michael Ballack earlier this month.
As for Gallas, Mourinho had been reluctant to let him go despite the Frenchman’s will to leave. But the prospect of landing Sheva helped tip the scales. The Frenchman was also being chased by Barcelona, who have been relegated to mere spectators by the recent turn of events.