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Ashley Cole considering Barcelona offer

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After being released by Chelsea earlier this month, Ashley Cole is being tempted by offers from Barcelona and AC MIlan, according to the Daily Mail.

The 33-year-old Englishman, who retired from international football after being left out of Roy Hodgson's squad, played scarcely last season as Jose Mourinho favoured César Azpilicueta on the left. 

Cole still believes he has something to offer Europe's biggest clubs and is likely to find a home at the Nou Camp, as they have struggled to find a left back since Eric Abidal left for Monaco at the beginning of last season. 

Adriano played most of the season at Barcelona on the left side of defence making 38 appearances to Jordi Alba's 22. Thus, Cole is likely to find himself getting the quantity of football he would be looking for, while remaining in the Champions League, amongst Europe's elite.

The move would come as part of Luis Enrique's reshuffle at Barcelona, as he looks to make his mark on the Barcelona side.  He'll also be looking to strengthen a side that missed out on domestic and European success last season, being pipped by their Madrid rivals in the shape of Atletico and Real. 

Cole's pedigree as a winner, experience of the big games and reputation as one of the finest ever makes him a dream free transfer for any side, as many question Mourinho's decision to let him leave the club. 

An outside bet could be a return to Arsenal, as staying in the Premier League would be Cole's preference. Location and Arsenal's depleted defence meaning that a highly improbable deal is made slightly more possible, but is still unlikely.

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