The situation right now with Chelsea and John Terry, JT, reminds me of a song by JT, Justin Timberlake.
The song is called "What goes around, comes around"!
It goes like this in the middle:
Is this the way it's really going down?
Is this how we say goodbye?
Should've known better when you came around
That you were gonna make me cry
It's breaking my heart to watch you run around
'Cause I know that you're living a lie.....
This suits best to our sportsman JT for Chelsea. OK. There has been millions of debates over Money or Loyalty. This is not about that. I want to analyse the situation from Chelsea's point of view, not JT's.
JT, 29-year-old defender, has been playing his part for Chelsea since boyhood. The sustained knee, hamstrings, and publicly known back injuries, lack of pace in the back line, and lack of physical dominance in the defence have all been debates of the past few seasons.
Perhaps these can be unheeded by his shown commitments, leadership qualities, and the authoritative impact he has on the team mates. And please let me clarify this, JT is not "world-class" by any means.
Yes, one of the finest defenders, but certainly not world-class.
So, here we are. Man City wants their Mr. Blue for around £32m. Isn't it the best price they can get for the old and retiring lion of the defence? If Chelsea let him go, they will NOT have to sell Carvalho. Together with Alex they can still take care of the defence, can't they?
The most probable reason why Chelsea cannot afford to offload their prized asset, would be, because of the post-JT-sale fan reactions. As such, Chelsea is not in such a great shape, in the first place, to bid for the Champions League or Premier League in the coming season.
This could well be the finest blow Man City can have in English Premier League, and possibly a break into "Big Four". I suspect Arsenal or Chelsea are going to be the ones responsible for rolling the red carpet for Man City into top four.
For a massive sum of 32 millions pounds, surely, and most probably, Chelsea could get a young and pacey physical defender from Europe (?). It would be devastating to see him go for monetary reasons, but hey, what could Chelsea do?
In my opinion, Chelsea should play the cards and accept the offer and let the old man go. They can possibly get Tevez, if they wanted to, for adding few extra millions to £32m from JT's sale.
Personally I would be so cut and heartbroken, if the same happens with the likes of Giggs and Gerrard. I cannot bear the aftermath of these legends leaving for money, or for any other reason.
I also cannot ignore the impairment done to Chelsea, if JT left, from their fan base to Stamford bridge to dressing room and most importantly to Chelsea's image.
Should JT be given permission to talk to Man City? Or should he be told to come out and tell the world that he is still the same Mr. Blue?