BLUES MAKE SECOND GEREMI ENQUIRY
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With Real out of their financial problems, through the sale of their training ground, they have been able to hold out for the best price on their versatile defender.
Having seen their initial 1,500 million pesetas (£5.39 million) offer rejected, The Blues are reported to have returned with a 2,000 million (£7.18 million).
At the time of Chelsea's initial offer, the player's representatives told Real that Geremi would return next season to play in the Santiago Bernabeu, but this could all change.
The London side are certainly maintaining their Spanish ties, having turned down a bid from newly-promoted Real Betis for their right-sided full back, Albert Ferrer.
Geremi is part of the Cameroonian squad that celebrated qualifying for the next World Cup after beating Togo 2-0, although his position in the Real team is less certain.
He started off playing at right back but after being injured, saw Michel Salgado take his place, although neither player impressed in the role and it would seem that Real are looking elsewhere for someone to fill that position.
Florentino Perez, the Real president is attempting to trim the squad, to prepare for new arrivals, whilst also freeing up cash for incoming deals.