Chelsea snap up Liverpool ace to replace Joe Cole - Exclusive
Published 19:23 14/06/10 By Darren Lewis
Chelsea are set to deliver a final insult to Joe Cole by signing Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool for £5.5million.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich has ruthlessly sanctioned the release of 28-year-old Cole, currently on World Cup duty with England, on a free transfer.
But in snapping up Benayoun, Chelsea are moving for a player two years OLDER.
The Double winners are also ready to hand the Israeli an amazing four-year deal worth 60,000 a week.
Chelsea withdrew their final offer from Cole towards the end of the season, insisting they were not willing to meet his request for £120,000 a week.
But Manchester United, Spurs and Juventus head the chasing group of clubs all desperate to snap him up.
Cole is set to feature for England in Friday's Group B clash against Algeria following Saturday's 1-1 draw against the USA.
The playmaker insists he will not discuss his future at club level until after the World Cup.
Chelsea are already believed to have agreed a deal with Liverpool to sign Benayoun, meaning the former West Ham star will be rescued from another season in the Europa League and handed more Champions League football.