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Chelsea Midfielder Deal Edging Closer?

Chelsea Midfielder Deal Edging Closer?

Lisa Smith of the Post has an exclusive today claiming that Villa and Chelsea have finally agreed a £5.5million fee for Steve Sidwell. It was widely - and most inaccurately - reported last week that a fee had been agreed. The report claims that Sidwell wants to talk to new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari first before deciding on any move.

Sidwell’s agent, Eric Walters, is quoted as saying a fee had 'informally' been agreed. However there is the problem that Sidwell wants a pay off from Chelsea if he does move.

His agent said: 'Steve feels Villa are a very, very good club and would offer a very good future for him but he has also again insisted that he is no rush to leave Chelsea. There is a new manager coming in and he would at least like to meet with him over the next couple of weeks to discuss his future in person.'

Adding, 'There is also compensation. Steve has three years left of his contract and is entitled to some compensation if Chelsea agree to part with him. He has reiterated he would be happy to stay at the club and fight for his place but they are now suggesting they want him to go and that is the club’s behest.'



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday June 25 2008
Time: 9:07AM

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Just a question of whether the lad wants to get rich and splinters on his backside OR join the revolution. Think MON will give up if he doesn't show any willing or hunger after a week or so. (at least I hope he has a plan B set up)
Villan444
25/06/2008 09:22:00
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Just a question of whether the lad wants to get rich and splinters on his backside OR join the revolution. Think MON will give up if he doesn't show any willing or hunger after a week or so. (at least I hope he has a plan B set up)
Villan444
25/06/2008 09:22:00
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Not really an exclusive, i did already say a while back sidwell is our first signing.
Eircol
25/06/2008 09:23:00
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Not really an exclusive, i did already say a while back sidwell is our first signing.
Eircol
25/06/2008 09:23:00
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Is Sidwell destined to be like Routledge, Maloney and even Davies and spend the first 6 months on the bench? Not sure I want a player who is obviously more concerned with money than playing football, lets not forget he snubbed us for Chelsea last summer.
young_jonah
25/06/2008 09:25:00
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Is Sidwell destined to be like Routledge, Maloney and even Davies and spend the first 6 months on the bench? Not sure I want a player who is obviously more concerned with money than playing football, lets not forget he snubbed us for Chelsea last summer.
young_jonah
25/06/2008 09:25:00
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Not very encouraging - a case of not burning any bridges. All Scolari will say is you will get your chance and that will be that. Next please.
myleftfoot
25/06/2008 09:32:00
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Not very encouraging - a case of not burning any bridges. All Scolari will say is you will get your chance and that will be that. Next please.
myleftfoot
25/06/2008 09:32:00
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I don't understand why he thinks he will get a chance under Scolari. Chelsea have been linked with plenty of midfielders already and Scolari will surely go with Brazilians and Portugese, as this will be his comfort zone. Does Sidwell not realise he was signed because Chelsea were losing players to the African Cup of Nations and he was available on a free. I think he would be a good signing for us but what a numpty.
notthedougellisstand
25/06/2008 09:42:00
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I don't understand why he thinks he will get a chance under Scolari. Chelsea have been linked with plenty of midfielders already and Scolari will surely go with Brazilians and Portugese, as this will be his comfort zone. Does Sidwell not realise he was signed because Chelsea were losing players to the African Cup of Nations and he was available on a free. I think he would be a good signing for us but what a numpty.
notthedougellisstand
25/06/2008 09:42:00
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