Chelsea reportedly launched a bid today for 21-year-old Wigan forward Victor Moses but had the offer turned down as Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan accused the European Champions of “taking the mickey” with the bid.
The term befuddled me. Apparently it is well known in the commonwealth countries as being an insult for someone who is not taking a situation seriously and in the case of Moses, Wigan finds the £4 million offered for the Nigerian to be quite an insult.
Whelan went on to add:
Chelsea would need to get realistic before we would even listen to them. They made a bid at 6pm last night and we turned it down flat.
Roberto Martinez has brought this player on and he needs at least another year with Roberto to become a top player.
We have offered him a new contract but it seems the agent, more than the player, wants to move him on, at least that is the impression we are getting.
It cannot be for the player's good. Victor Moses needs another year or two before moving to a club like Chelsea. He needs games and he won't be first choice at Chelsea, I wouldn't have thought.
This is all good and well in the nobility of sports, that a small club like Wigan would like to hold on to a young talent. Whelan is also spot-on when he suggests that Moses moving to a club like Chelsea now would see him become a reserve player at best and maybe see the bench a handful of times during the season.
So the question really comes back to why Chelsea would make an offer at all?
Barring some massive deal to bring in a new striker, Fernando Torres looks set to be the No. 1 guy up top. Behind him there is also the £18 million future (we hope) stud Romelu Lukaku who should not have his growth stunted any further.
You could even add in Daniel Sturridge to that mix. Though he spent much of last season isolated out on the wing or sitting on the bench, he has made it quite clear his intentions to play center-forward. With the his natural ability to score goals and unnatural ability to set his teammates up for their own, this would probably be a more logical move.
Even if it does not happen, the odds of him continuing to play out wide are limited with Ramires claiming the spot after Andre Villas-Boas left and especially if the on-again, off-again move for Hulk actually happens.
The Chelsea move for Moses seems to be nothing more than political bullying and the sly intentions of a manipulative club. Moses looks like he could be a real star in the future given the successes he has had at Wigan and Chelsea are playing their cards smartly by putting their names in the mix early.
Though this £4 million bid was an insult to Wigan it can be deemed flattering for a young up–and-comer who, for when the time does come to make the move up, will remember who saw potential in him first. Also, it cannot be ignored the meddling of Moses’ agent who, according to Whelan, is also looking for that big payday. There is no other team that has a history of overpaying quite the way Chelsea has over the past decade.
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