Latics slap £10m tag on Moses
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has ordered Chelsea to cough up £10m for Victor Moses or to forget any ideas about signing the forward.
Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo this week confirmed his interest in the Latics star amid reports of an impasse over the valuation of the player. The European champions want to pay around £4million for the former Crystal Palace youngster as well as offering Wigan the chance to take on of their fringe players on loan or to the value of that sum. However, that figure falls some way short of Whelan's valuation and he is adamant that the 21-year-old won't be allowed to leave the DW Stadium on the cheap. The Latics chief told ESPN: "They need to pay the brass up front - we don't want any part-exchange deals they have offered. Victor is one of the most exciting young talents around, so little wonder Chelsea want him, but if they want him they are going to have to pay the price. "We are not interested in picking up one of their players on loan or in part exchange. They know the price for Moses. We are looking to reach £10million. If that means £8million cash and some add-ons, that fine, as the lad knows that we want him to stay but that we won't stand in his way either. "I don't like standing in the way of a young player who can make the jump to one of Europe's great clubs and play well for them, I would just wish him all the best. But really we don't want him to go, he will be worth £15million or £20million after a few months with a club like Chelsea. "He has a year left on his contract, we have offered him a new one, but we can understand why he would want to play for Chelsea, although I must say there are other clubs sniffing around too."