Big-spender Chelsea to flash more cash

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 12:00am

HERNAN CRESPO and directors from Inter Milan were believed to be in London to finalise his GBP20 million-plus (over HK$149 million) move to Chelsea, the British newspaper London Evening Standard recently reported.

Former Middlesbrough star Marco Branca, now the sporting director at Inter flew in along with another director, Gabriele Oriali, as Roman Abramovich's amazing summer spending spree looks set to top the A100m mark, the report said.

'Inter are attempting to hold out for 40m euros (GBP27.5m). It is more likely Chelsea will pay less than GBP25m but that will still shatter the club's transfer record set last month when they signed Damien Duff for GBP17m,' wrote the Evening Standard.

Crespo, who gave away a signed official replica shirt to a Young Post reader in a competition earlier this year, will be Chelsea's ninth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Glen Johnson, Wayne Bridge, Joe Cole, Duff, Geremi, Adrian Mutu, Veron and Alexei Smertin.

They could still be joined by Real Madrid's Claude Makelele now that he has ended his strike at the Spanish club, according to the news report.