EXCLUSIVE: Kalou prepared to wait and leave for nothing
Published 22:20 14/01/12 By Paul Smith
Salomon Kalou will resist attempts by Chelsea to sell him in the January transfer window and walk out on the Blues for nothing in the summer.
Kalou is with the Ivory Coast preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations and isn’t due to return to Stamford Bridge until next month. But he has dismissed reports of a cut-price move to Arsenal after failing to agree a new contract with Chelsea and up to ten clubs are ready to enter an auction for his signature when he becomes a free agent.
Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and a host of European clubs including cash-rich French giants PSG are interested.
Although Chelsea have not given up complete hope of convincing him to sign a new deal, the break-down in negotiations have tempted them to sell him at a reduced price this month, with the Gunners early favourites to sign him.
But the 26-year-old’s advisers believe he will be in a far more advantageous position to move at the end of the season when he will no longer command a fee.
It is the lack of first-team football and not money that has led Kalou to turn down Chelsea’s offer of a new £70,000-a-week deal.