The Chelsea captain is being linked as the next high profile player to go off and join the revolution at the French club as they try to throw cash at the idea of taking apart Paris Saint-Germain’s recent dominance in French football.
If you believe the reports then John Terry is on their radar and the Chelsea captain may only be missed because of his popularity with the fans.
There is no doubt that Terry is a key figure at the club but he does not have the same ability at the moment he had five or six years ago and that’s a reason he only made 14 Premier League appearances last season.
Jose Mourinho is not stupid enough to expect the same sort of performance levels from Terry that he enjoyed when he was first at the club, which means if Monaco throw down a big money deal, Chelsea may very well take it.
The only way they would miss him would be through the leadership skills he offers and the fact he’s such a popular figure with the fans at the club.
Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz could all fill in admirably and there is still a very good chance that Mourinho could make defensive signings this summer if Terry headed out through the exit door.
Terry is about to head into the final year of his Chelsea contract which gives the club three options.
They can take an offer if it comes in for Terry as it could be their last chance to get a fee for him, they could keep him but let his contract wind down before moving him on or they can extend his deal in the same way that’s just happened with Frank Lampard.
We could end up with a situation very similar to what’s just happened with Lampard in the respect that his contract situation has only just been sorted out before it was due to expire.
Mourinho will be key in this whole saga because while he’s aware Terry isn’t as good as he used to be, he could encourage him to simply accept the fact that he’s not going to be playing every week.
Rio Ferdinand at Manchester United is the perfect example of how Terry could be used over the coming season.
A few years ago, had Terry leaved then it would have badly hurt the club but if he committed to joining Monaco tomorrow, the fans may not like it but he could be replaced.
If Monaco want to pay way over the odds for a player past his very best, then Chelsea should play hard ball over the fee and not feel bad about it from a business perspective.
Would Chelsea miss Terry? Is he important to the team that starts next season?
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