Wigan owner Dave Whelan has told Roman Abramovich to come up with £10million for Victor Moses if he wants to take him to Chelsea.
Whelan has revealed he is prepared to accept the straight-cash fee in instalments.
The proposed move has rumbled on for weeks, with Chelsea making lower offers and also floating a player-swap plan involving their young midfielder Josh McEachran.
Whelan confirmed forward Moses, 21, is set to leave, he told ESPN: ‘They need to pay the brass up front – we don’t want any part-exchange deals they have offered.
‘Victor is one of the most exciting young talents around, so little wonder Chelsea want him, but if they want him they are going to have to pay the price.
‘We are not interested in picking up one of their players on loan or in part exchange.
‘They know the price for Moses. We are looking to reach £10m.
‘If that means £8m cash and some add-ons, that fine, as the lad knows that we want him to stay but that we won’t stand in his way either.
‘I don’t like standing in the way of a young player who can make the jump to one of Europe’s great clubs and play well for them, I would just wish him all the best.
‘But really we don’t want him to go, he will be worth £15m or £20m after a few months with a club like Chelsea.
‘He has a year left on his contract, we have offered him a new one, but we can understand why he would want to play for Chelsea, although I must say there are other clubs sniffing around too.’
Chelsea have been have Moses for some time now, and manager Roberto Di Matteo has spoken publicly about their pursuit for the first time.
Di Matteo, who is on pre-season tour with Chelsea in the United States, finally confirmed the two clubs were in talks over the 21-year-old.
The Italian said: ‘(It’s) something that the clubs are discussing but at the moment he is a Wigan player.
‘He had a good season last season, he is young and an interesting prospect.’