The Daily Mail are reporting the Stoke are preparing a new £7m offer for James Chester. They have previously had a £5m bid rejected as we hold out for our £10m asking price.
Despite our financial problems, we have to hold our ground no matter what. The Welshman was one of the best centre-backs in the Championship last season, and he is in high demand.
Brighton are also keen on the 29-year-old as well as a number of other clubs. It’s not as though he has one-year left on his contract either. His current deal extends to 2020 so considering both those factors, there shouldn’t be any reason to sell below market value.
It’s also being reported that we still owe West Brom some of the £8m we spent to sign Chester two years ago which makes the £10m figure seem to be a bit on the low side.
Of course, you can’t ignore the financial situation when considering offers for players, but rivals must know we are not going to be a pushover at the negotiating table. Hopefully, the club will stay strong and ensure any team pays top dollar for one of our best players.
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