It seems that John Terry could have priced himself out of moves to several Premier League clubs, including Stoke City.
The 36-year-old defender is understood to be keen to remain a Premier League player after leaving Chelsea at the end of the just-finished season. But according to the London Evening Standard, newly-promoted Brighton have withdrawn their interest in the former England captain after he asked for £100,000 a week in wages.
That figure would certainly be too rich for the Potters, even though manager Mark Hughes has admitted his admiration for the Blues legend, and reportedly tried to recruit him on loan during the January transfer window. Terry is also likely to command a hefty signing-on fee, further pushing him out of the range of most middle-ranking top-flight clubs.
The Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson writes: “It is believed Terry’s basic salary in his final season at Chelsea had dropped to £50,000 a week, although there were a number of add-ons depending on appearances, wins, and trophies to increase that figure.
“Stoke, West Brom, Swansea, and Bournemouth remain keen on the centre-half, who hopes to play regular first-team football after having only a limited role last term.”Read more