Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou is edging closer towards finding new club. The 26-year-old was released by Chelsea after his contract came to an end. He helped Chelsea win the Champions League in his final season with the club.
Due to the fact that he is only 26 years old and available on a free transfer means that a number of clubs have been showing interest in signing the Ivorian international. Liverpool and Arsenal have been the major clubs to show an interest in the player, while German club Schalke also appeared to be closer to his signature. However, it is thought that French club Lille have become the new favourite for his signature.
Salomon Kalou’s agent said previously that his client would favour a move to German club Schalke due to the fact that he would get regular first-team opportunity. Even though clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal were interested in him, he would not get regular first-team football, which is something he missed during his six years with Chelsea. Salomon Kalou was an £ 8 million signing from Dutch club Feyenoord back in 2006. José Mourinho expected Salomon Kalou to become one of the best wingers of the game, but he has been largely a substitute for Chelsea during this six years.
Even though he has been a substitute, he has not failed to score goals. In fact, Salomon Kalou is known for the large number of crucial goals he has scored as a substitute. He has been unable to get regular first-team football at the club due to the regular sacking and firing of managers. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is thought to have personally been interested in securing the 26-year-old’s signature, but Salomon Kalou has not been convinced that he will get regular first-team football at the Emirates stadium.
Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has said that he will not rule out the possibility of moving across the town to archrivals Arsenal in the summer.
The 26-year-old Ivorian is out of contract at the end of the season. Chelsea have shown no interest in offering the player, who designed for £ 8 million in 2006, a new deal.
Hence, it is very likely that Salomon Kalou will depart the club after their final game of the season – Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 19. He was never selected by former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, but has once again become an important part of the team under interim manager Roberto di Matteo.
Still, it is something that has not persuaded Chelsea to offer him a new deal. Arsenal have already expressed their interest in signing the player. Salomon Kalou did nothing to quash the rumours by saying that he would not rule out a potential move to Arsenal in the summer. This will not be the first time a player switches between the two clubs given that Benayoun is already on loan at the club from Chelsea. Meanwhile, players like William Gallas and Lassana Diarra have moved between the two clubs in the past.
‘I’m one step away from winning the Champions League. After that I can decide [on the future]. I just want to win the Champions League,’ said the 26-year-old. Liverpool have also shown interest in the player, who was also responsible for eliminating them from the Champions League. Salomon Kalou provided the cross for the John Risse own goal in 2008. Chelsea then made it into the final of the Champions League that season, although they lost to Manchester United on penalties. They have the chance to rectify this loss this time around when they face Bayern Munich at the Allianz arena.
Salomon Kalou has been quite in demand in the last week by being bid upon by some of the clubs in the premiership. The last of these bids has come from West Ham United who is all keen to put on a huge bid amount for the transfer.
This is not new for the West Ham united team who had put forward a 6 million dollar deal for Nikica Jelavic. However, due to certain circumstances the bid was not accepted.
West Ham has not given up hope since then and has made sure that they be the first to get a deal for Salomon Kalou.
Salomon is anyway used sparingly in the matches as boss Andrea Villas Boas does not seem to require his presence as of now. However, this player has got quite the skill and talent in him which has been seen and well appreciated by other clubs in the premiership. Salomon Kalou has even got an offer for transfer to Arsenal, but it was rejected immediately as Chelsea would rather trade their players to a foreign team rather than giving it to their rivals.
Salomon Kalou has a lot to look to in the years to come as he has been having quite a good time with the entire transfer season. He just needs to better his skills and perform for Chelsea and ensure that this can be seen and appreciated by Andrea Villas Boas as well.
Apart from that, if the deal does strike for him with West Ham United, he might see a bright prospective future for himself with that club. He just needs to keep improving his game as this is the only way he can gain the appreciation from other club coaches and managers.