Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer; however, despite reports that Liverpool are set to offer the England international a contract, rumours linking him with a move to MLS outfit New York Red Bulls refuse to go away.
NBC Sports ProSoccer Talk editor Joe Prince-Wright explains how stories linking Cole with a move to the New Jersey-based soccer team “won’t disappear”, before adding: “I’ve heard of RBNY reps traveling to Chelsea to speak with Cole several months ago.”
Cole, who turned 33 in December, has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and might be tempted to embark on a new challenge alongside his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry at the Red Bull Arena. However, it’s believed the vastly-experienced full-back has an offer on the table from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who knows the player from his time working as a youth team coach and reserve manager at Stamford Bridge.
Prince-Wright goes on to add that, in his opinion, New York Red Bulls would be wasting a Designating Player spot on Cole because he is unlikely to inspire the team to MLS Cup glory. But it must be remembered that Cole, who has represented England on 107 occasions, was still considered one of the finest left-backs in Europe at the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
Securing the defender’s services at this stage of his career would still represent a tremendous coup for the Red Bulls, demonstrated by the fact that Liverpool are keen to make him their first-choice left-back in the Premier League next season.