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Whelan fires warning to Chelsea over Moses

Harry Harris
August 17, 2012
Dave Whelan has ramped up the mind games with Chelsea over Victor Moses © Getty Images

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has warned Chelsea that the price for Victor Moses might go up if he has a good game against the Blues in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

By a quirk of the fixture list Wigan host Chelsea, who have coveted the club's best young player all summer, without matching Whelan's asking price which is close to £10 million.

A deal of £8 million, with some performance related add ons, would have clinched a deal but Chelsea have yet to go up to that point, and might live to regret that decision with Moses playing against them on Sunday.

The Wigan chairman has rejected a series of summer long bids from Stamford Bridge for Moses, and told ESPN on Friday: "Roberto [Martinez] and I both think that they have left it to see how Victor does against them on Sunday.

"Victor is up against the best left-back in the Premier League [Ashley Cole] and if he takes him on and plays well, then we shall have to weigh things up as much as I have no doubt Chelsea will weigh things up.

"It is not one-sided you know, Chelsea have been chasing him all summer but not come up with an acceptable bid, but if he comes up with a goal or two on Sunday who's to say his value won't go up by a couple of million!"

Whelan doubts whether Chelsea think the best policy is to wait to take Moses in a year though and added: "His contract is up but he is not a free transfer, as we shall be entitled to compensation and the tribunal would be aware of what has been offered for him."

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