Midfield Mystery: Did Liverpool Get the Better of Chelsea?

Ramkumar SCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2010

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27:  Joe Cole of England looks on during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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So after Yossi Benayoun came to Chelsea, it was Joe Cole's turn to go to Liverpool. It was a player exchange that was not orchestrated by the club. But who got the better deal?

Yossi moving to Chelsea was expected. Rumors were aplenty that Yossi and Benitez were not on good terms. I'm sure Yossi loves Liverpool but not enough to bear Benitez for another season. So when Yossi moved to Chelsea, it was understood. Besides, the move made good business sense too.

Yossi is an established and talented squad player, a player who could be a solid boost to any team that had him. $6 million is a fair value for him, but for the same amount, can Liverpool get another Benayoun? If Benitez had been replaced by Roy Hodginson much earlier, would Roy have approved the sale of Yossi to Chelsea?

Well don't answer that yet, because I have another question for you to ponder over.

Joe Cole, Chelsea's player of the year for the 2009-10 season, was let go of on a free transfer. Yes, an English grown, five-year veteran from the Chelsea squad had been let go of. They did not make a penny off him.

Cole did not have any ill feelings towards Ancelotti. Rumor has it that demands for an increased paycheck and lack of playing time/fitness concerns are reasons for Chelsea allowing Joe Cole to walk for free. News broke that Liverpool had signed Joe Cole for a generous 90k a week salary.

Now let us compare the moves.

Chelsea now have gained:
+ a fitter, reliable and experienced squad player
+ sent a message to all that the days of inflated salaries are over
+ replaced an expensive Joe Cole with a 60k a week Yossi.

And in the process lost:
- a younger, versatile midfielder/winger
- an English grown and long serving member of the squad
- potential money on a player, had they opted to sell/transfer him earlier.
- $6 million in finding a replacement. 

Liverpool's sale of Yossi for fair market value makes his exit a fairer deal than a loss of any other kind. Finding a replacement, though, was going to be a problem. After signing Joe Cole, I would think that they got more than what they were searching for.

Only time will tell who got the better deal of the swap, but as of now, it seems as though Liverpool has the upper hand.