John Terry reportedly told Roman Abramovich that he wants to talk to Manchester City about a possible £50m move.
The Chelsea captain met with the club’s Russian owner on Saturday afternoon and – according to reports in several Sunday papers – told him that he wants the chance to discuss a move to the world’s richest club.
The Sunday Times reports that Terry was told that the club would not match City’s offer of £250,000 a week, and that he would have to hand in a transfer request to engineer a move north.
Abramovich is allegedly willing to make Terry the highest-paid player at the club but will not pay him significantly more than current high earner Frank Lampard.
City apparently remain confident that they will sign Terry, with a £5m signing-on fee sweetening the deal, according to the News of the World.
They also suggest that any money recouped from the sale of Terry would be ploughed into a move for AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato.