EXCLUSIVE: Barcelona want Ashley Cole
Published 23:00 10/10/11 By John Cross
Barcelona have put Ashley Cole at the top of their transfer hit-list.
Coach Pep Guardiola’s priority is a left-back and Chelsea’s Cole fits the bill – if Barca can get him for around £12million.
Cole, 30, is Guardiola’s first choice, but now he must convince Barca president Sandro Rosell to make a move.
The European champions are long-term admirers of Tottenham’s Welsh winger Gareth Bale – but his sky-high price tag has left them believing Cole is a better option.
England star Cole was a target for Real Madrid last summer and was interested then in moving to Spain. But Chelsea held firm and refused to sell him.
Now Barcelona are ready to test their resolve again in the summer.
The Spaniards also want a keeper, and Guardiola is an admirer of Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny.
Barca have also been eyeing Bolton’s Gary Cahill but the England defender is more likely to end up at Chelsea.