Footy In A Week

Chelsea pay crazy money again
June 3, 2006, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Premier League, Transfer Market

Just a few days ago, Chelsea paid a record fee for Shevchenko (£30m). They've also signed Ballack, which despite the fact that they got him on a free transfer, alot of money is and will be paid to him, as part of his imaging rights and wages.

Now Chelsea have paid £16m for a Nigerian teenager that plays in Norway. The transfer of Obi Mikel was a little bit complex because of a dispute between Manchester United and Chelsea. Mikel's future has been uncertain since he stated that he wanted to play for Chelsea, with whom he trained in 2004, despite signing for United in April last year. The Nigerian international, who had been due to join United in January from Lyn, said he had been put under pressure to sign for United. FIFA later investigated the claims, along with alleged threats made to the player, but United were cleared of any wrongdoing. His desired move to Chelsea was complicated by the fact that United legally owned him, and the player was unable to play for a period of time while the matter was negotiated and he eventually returned to Lyn, where he scored on his debut.

Chelsea will pay United £12 million, half payable now and half in a year's time, and Lyn four million under the same terms. This accounts for Manchester United being given 75% of a transfer fee that initially was only the £4 million United had paid to Lyn on initially signing the player and effectively means the Old Trafford club have commanded a contract-break fee three-times the current value of the player.


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what a fast investment for Manchester from 2m to 12m.. in less than a year
hope the “old man” of oldtrafford make it useful

and Mikel.. look at your self now in a mirror and feel proud as Chelsea player.. look at your self in the next year and feel sorry for your self.

Comment by man-fan

Yeah.. looks like another Shaun-Wright Phillips

Comment by Carlsb3rg

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