Chelsea have tonight inquired about the availability of retired footballer Micky Quinn after having bids for Alexis Sanchez and Andy Carroll rejected.
The Blues manager Antonio Conte is said to be targeting a forward to help shoulder his team’s goalscoring burden after a run of three consecutive 0-0 draws which has seen his side slip further behind runaway league leaders Manchester City.
While many had expected the club to go all out for either Sanchez or Carroll, it now appears that they have turned their attention to the 55-year-old ex-Coventry and Newcastle man, with bookmakers odds reflecting the likelihood of the deal taking place.
“At the moment we’re not scoring goals and honestly, we need a striker. Unfortunately our bids for primary targets have been rebuffed, but we always had it in the back of our minds that Micky was an option,” said an unnamed Chelsea source, adding that the club’s scouting staff was confident Quinn’s physicality and controversial opinions would add a degree of toughness to the dressing room.
“He may not be Antonio Conte’s first choice, but he knows English football and will chip in with a goal or two. We’re also paying him literal peanuts so he’s right within our price range.”
The news was greeted with shock by journalists across the country, with many suggesting that Chelsea’s pursuit of Sanchez was little more than a smokescreen for the Quinn deal.
This opinion appears to have been rejected by Conte however, with sources confirming that the Italian was last seen Googling “what is a Micky Quinn” before making any concrete decisions on his future.