Sensational news are out and it has been revealed that Jose Mourinho wants Real Madrid to offer £50 million to Chelsea for star pair Michael Essien and Ashley Cole.
Local newspapers report that Mourinho’s interest in Cole is well known, and a £25m bid is being prepared but the departing Inter Milan coach also wants powerhouse midfielder Essien.
Essien, 27, missed half the season with knee ligament problems, which he suffered on international duty with Ghana in January.
He is now close to recovery and is expected to figure for his country again in South Africa next month, where Ghana are in a group with Germany, Australia and Serbia.
Mourinho also covets Frank Lampard but knows he would not be allowed to prise him away from Stamford Bridge – nor is Lampard keen to leave.
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