Chelsea are plotting a shock move to bring Eden Hazard to Stamford Bridge, but for less than half the price they sold him for, while Liverpool enquired about a Barcelona defender, all in the papers.
CHELSEA CHASE HAZARD
Chelsea are interested in a move to re-sign Eden Hazard from Real Madrid, claims a report.
DefensaCentral claim Chelsea officials “have not lost sight” of their former talisman. In fact “Chelsea would be very interested in signing” the Belgium international again.
However, they would only look to go to a maximum of €40m to €50m for the attacker they sold to Real in July 2019 for a club-record transfer of £130m including all add-ons.
Considering his success at Stamford Bridge it would seem like a good deal for Chelsea. The 30-year-old scored 110 goals in 352 games for Chelsea and developed into a world-class talent.
Things though have not gone well in Spain and the attacker has been plagued by niggling injuries.
Hazard has scored just four goals in 35 games for Real Madrid, although he has started the last three LaLiga games for Zinedine Zidane.
It’s safe to say Real were hoping for more from the former Lille man and the report claims they could move him on in the summer.
It is the second former Chelsea man that has been linked with the club in 24 hours. Leeds striker Patrick Bamford was mentioned as a target for Chelsea in the last 24 hours.
LIVERPOOL WANTED UMTITI
Liverpool reportedly approached Barcelona for centre-back Samuel Umtiti but he did not want to leave the club in mid-season. (Express)
Tottenham are keeping tabs on Aaron Ramsey’s future in Italy with Juventus considering selling the former Arsenal favourite. (Mirror)
Rangers were seriously interested in re-signing Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea in January and will try again in the summer (Football Insider)
Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has been dealt a blow, with Premier League clubs given hope of striking a deal. (Express)
David Luiz has come to the defence of Arsenal and Brazil team mate Willian, who has struggled at Emirates Stadium since his summer move from Chelsea. (ESPN Brazil)
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba reportedly favours a move to Chelsea this summer despite suggestions that the Austrian has already agreed to join Real Madrid. (AS)
LEEDS CHASE AZ STAR
Leeds are tracking AZ midfielder Teun Koopmeiners as cover for first choice defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips (Leeds Live)
Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has joined the race to become the new Bournemouth manager. (The Sun)
Neymar has hinted that the Premier League does not interest him – having been turned off by the game’s physicality. (The Sun)
Inter Milan are reportedly chasing a £146m cash injection to ensure they can compete next season. (The Sun)
Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini has lifted the lid on his failed move to Arsenal in 2001 as he claimed he was a ‘fool’ to reject the club. (The Sun)
Harry Maguire reckons lifting the Premier League for Manchester United will silence the haters. (The Sun)
West Ham’s players will not receive any bonuses if they qualify for Europe this season. (Daily Mail)
Forward Lionel Messi, 33, has not made contact with anyone at Paris St-Germain or Manchester City. The Argentine great’s contract with Barcelona expires in the summer but he will wait until the end of the season to decide whether to stay or go. (Goal)
If Messi leaves Barcelona, Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 32, would be less interested in a move to the Nou Camp. (Cadena SER)
MAN CITY CHASE HAALAND
Manchester City are lining up a summer move for Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20. (Mirror)
West Ham are expected to make another bid for Sevilla’s Moroccan forward Youssef En-Nesyri, 23, this summer. (Star)
Kylian Mbappe wants to join Real Madrid, says Jese Rodriguez, a former Paris St-Germain team-mate of the 22-year-old France striker. (Marca)
Former Manchester United full-back Fabio da Silva tells says the Old Trafford club should sign a new right-back to inspire Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 23, to new heights. (Manchester Evening News)
Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 35, and Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, 31, are both expected to leave Inter Milan this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid should consider selling Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard, 30, says former Bulgaria forward Dimitar Berbatov. (Betfair)
Six Premier League clubs may play in the Champions League from 2024 onwards. Uefa’s proposals would see teams play 10 group games each, while the Europa League may be reduced in size. (Telegraph)
Europe’s biggest teams will be given a safety net to play in the Champions League even if they fail to finish in the top four of their domestic competitions, under Uefa plans revealed to Premier League clubs on Thursday. (Times)
West Brom winger Kyle Edwards, 22, was the subject of an enquiry from Luton Town on transfer deadline day – but a loan move proved too expensive for the Championship outfit. (Birmingham Mail)
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Ukrainian winger Marian Shved, 23, says he made a mistake joining Celtic instead of Genk two years ago. Shved is currently on loan at Mechelen from the Scottish champions. (Glasgow Live)
Blackburn Rovers will be seeking to get several key players to agree to long-term deals, including in-form 23-year-old English striker Adam Armstrong, in the coming months. (Lancs Live)
Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Sergi Roberto, 28, could be out for six weeks with a leg injury which would mean he would miss the Champions League tie against Paris St-Germain. (TV3 via Mundo Deportivo)
Former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide, 23, could be out for a long period after damaging his knee ligaments. The Frenchman is on loan at Nice from Lyon. (RMC Sport)