Ashley Cole linked with Chelsea departure as Real Madrid and Barcelona lurk

23 February 2010 08:35
According to the Sun, Real Madrid and Barcelona are both monitoring Cole's situation and would be willing to meet Chelsea's supposed £25 million valuation for the England international.[LNB]Chelsea are preparing to fine Cole for tarnishing the club's image after it was claimed he misled a senior official over an alleged extramarital affair.[LNB]At the very least the 29 year-old will receive a fine of two weeks' wages - £200,000 - which is the maximum permitted under the agreement clubs have with the Professional Footballers' Association. [LNB]Indeed Cole, who will be given the chance to explain his conduct to the club's board on Feb 26, could face a suspension, while there have even been suggestions - played down on Monday - that such is Roman Abramovich's annoyance he could insist the player is sold.[LNB]Cole is reportedly unhappy that his treatment has differed markedly from that given to John Terry following revelations of his affair with Vanessa Perroncel.[LNB]Rather than the threat of a fine or suspension, Terry was given the very public backing of coach Carlo Ancelotti.[LNB]This has sparked frenzied speculation in Spain, with Real in particular keen to do a deal for Cole. [LNB]Reports claim the Madrid-based club are desperate for a world-class left-back and Cole could earn up to £150,000 a week at the Bernabeu.[LNB][LNB][LNB]

Source: Telegraph