Manchester City are reportedly poised to make a final offer of around £40m in a bid to sign Chelsea captain John Terry.
City boss Mark Hughes has been courting the England skipper for months and is ready to offer Terry £270,000-a-week to swap Stamford Bridge for Eastlands.
City had a £30m bid “completely rejected” by Chelsea last week with the London club insisting their captain was not for sale, but undeterred, Hughes has lined up another offer after Terry failed to publicly reaffirm his commitment to the Blues.
It is understood Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has become increasingly frustrated with the 28-year-old’s refusal to publicly commit to the club and the Russian billionaire suspects Terry is exploiting City’s offer to secure an improved contract.
Terry has been told by Abramovich that he will have to hand in an official transfer request if he wants to head to Manchester.
New Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is certain to hold talks with Terry ahead of his first press conference on Monday.
Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is unsure if Terry will be tempted by a new challenge at City but believes the defender’s heart still lies with Chelsea.
“Sometime people want to have a new challenge,” Cech told Sky Sports. “They want to go on to different adventures, you never know.
“It comes from the personality. It has also been the case JT has always wanted to stay at Chelsea – it’s in his heart.”