CHELSEA SET HAZARD FEE
Chelsea will apparently demand upwards of £100million to sell Eden Hazard this summer. And so they bloody should.
The Belgium star is out of contract in 18 months time and, according to The Telegraph, we are reaching the point where all parties want the matter settled. Apparently, Hazard wants a decision from Real Madrid by the end of this month whether they intend to bring him to the Bernabeu before next season.
That being the case, Real will have to stump up a nine-figure sum, despite Hazard being a year away from free agency. Christian Pulisic’s contract at Borussia Dortmund was due to expire at the same time and it cost Chelsea £58million to secure his services this month, while the Blues are unwilling to accept £35million from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is yet to start at Premier League game. Willian’s deal is also up in 2020 and Barcelona were reported last week to have been told that a £50million package would not be enough to lure the Brazilian from Stamford Bridge so, in the context of those proposals, Hazard’s price is hardly unreasonable.
MORATA WANTS MADRID RETURN
One player Chelsea are rather more keen to shift is Alvaro Morata. He too was linked with Barca, while Sevilla were also said to be in the running.
That, according to the Evening Standard, is no longer the case. The Spanish club reportedly had a £40million offer for the striker rejected and, quite reasonably, they have opted against bidding any higher.
Anyway, Morata has apparently decided that he quite fancies Atletico Madrid. The former Real centre-forward spent time as a schoolboy with Atletico and Marca says he is willing to take a substancial pay-cut to return. Atletico, though, will have to shift someone off their books to make some room in the budget to pay for Morata.
EMERY WANTS OZIL OUT
Arsenal have a similar problem to Atletico. Given the current state of their finances, the Gunners are only prepared to recruit players on loan, and even then, Unai Emery has his hands tied.
There is said to be an agreement in place to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona on a temporary deal but Barca are insisting on a loan-to-buy arrangement, whereas Arsenal aren’t willing to make that commitment.
So, according to the Daily Mail, Emery wants to sell Mesut Ozil this month to free up some cash. The £350,000-a-week star was left out of the matchday squad entirely at West Ham, which was said to be a pointed message to the board that he is dispensable.
However, Arsenal have yet to receive any credible interest in Ozil, with potential suitors wary of his huge salary. Given Ozil has two and a half years remaining on that contract, it seems a resolution is unlikely any time soon.
AND THE REST
Spurs are weighing up a loan move for Barcelona flop Malcom… Shanghai SIPG will offer West ham £45m Marko Arnautovic… The Hammers will target Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson as Arnautovic’s replacement… David de Gea wants to stay at Man Utd but is waiting for an offer worth around £300,000 a week… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to offload Marouane Fellaini in January… Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Leandro Paredes and have submitted a £27m offer to Zenit St Petersburg… Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton are among the clubs interested in Club Brugge winger Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld… Wolves are interested in Stoke right-back Moritz Bauer… West Ham have opened talks about signing Bristol Rovers defender Michael Kelly… PSG want Idrissa Gueye from Everton… Ajax star Frenkie de Jong is close to joining PSG for around £67m on a £7m-a-year contract… Everton are eyeing Borja Iglesias but the striker does not want to leave Espanyol midway through the season… Marseille want Mario Balotelli but the Nice striker’s salary is a problem.