Moses won’t go on the cheap

Victor Moses shoots against Wolves last season
Victor Moses shoots against Wolves last season

VICTOR Moses will jet out to Austria tomorrow as planned with the rest of his Wigan Athletic colleagues unless Chelsea double their latest offer.

The European champions have reportedly made three bids for the 21-year-old, the latest being a player-plus-cash package believed to be around the £5million mark.

However, Latics are adamant they will not sell Moses for a penny less than £10million – which must be made up of cold, hard cash.

Chelsea youngsters Romelu Lukaku and Josh McEachran have been mentioned as potential make-weights in any deal, with both rumoured to be available on a season-long loan basis.

But Latics are determined to hold out for the full amount to bolster Roberto Martinez’s transfer kitty.

In the meantime, Martinez is looking forward to phase three of pre-season in the hills of Austria, after a week’s work in Sweden and a week back at Christopher Park.

“It’s intense at the moment, but it’s very important we get through with high standards,” the Wigan boss said.

“We need to create a very strong pace that will allow the team to play with the kind of intensity that we want to play with.

“This is where you do most of the important work – away from the media and the public eye.

“It will be a completely different kind of trip to Sweden, though. We will be playing three games, and it will be far more of a tactical work-out for the squad.”

Meanwhile, Martinez will be returning to his home country a week before the big Premier League kick-off after Latics announced a glamour pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo.

Latics will roll up at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos on Sunday, August 12 (8.30pm kick off), which will be their final hit-out before the visit of Chelsea the following weekend.

“Celta Vigo are experiencing an exciting time in their history and Paco Herrera has built a strong squad with good experience of playing with one another for some time,” Martinez added.

“It will be the perfect game for us to continue our work and bring it in line with preparations for the week leading up to the home match against Chelsea.”

Celta Vigo won promotion back to the bright lights of La Liga last season after a six-year absence, finishing in runners-up spot in the Segunda Division.