That's a new one alright.
Chelsea actually feels that a particular player is "overpriced" and they are not willing to pay anything more than £16m and now they want to pull the plug... right...
Let me just run by a few names and figures: -
1) Didier Drogba - £24m
Had one good UEFA Cup. Scored 18 goals in 34 appearances... In the French League.
2) Paulo Ferreira - £13m
£13m for Portugal's 2nd best right back.
3) Michael Essien - £25m
Claude Makalele's (who was bought for £16m) understudy is worth £9m more. Now with Ballack on board, he may follow the route of this next guy...
4) Shaun Wright-Phillips - £21m
The world's most expensive benchwarmer. Position could be usurped by Essien.
5) Jon Obi Mikel - £12m
And this much was paid just to snatch the lad under the red nose of Sir Fergie.
6) Andriy Shevchenko - > £30m
Fair enough, he's proven quality but he's already close to 30.
Assley Cole is young (25), English and surely the best leftback in the world at the moment. Surely he should be worth somewhere similar to Essien, who at the moment is not even the best holding midfielder in England.
Fair enough, the stupidity and selfishness of A.Hole tilts the bargaining power the way of Chelsea. But don't issue official club statements like this: -
'Although discussions have continued, Arsenal's valuation of the player does not match Chelsea's and therefore no agreement can be reached in the current circumstances.'
... And make yourselves look silly because players 1 - 5 (and possibly 6) are definitely over valued...
Go on then, Roman. Just reach into your pocket for the small change that is £10m.