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Who would replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea?

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Famously described one of the greatest Chelsea players of all time, Eden Hazard looks set to join Real Madrid but who would replace him at the club?

Maurizio Sarri inherited a thin squad on his appointment last summer but he bolstered some areas of the squad including his front-line. Although Chelsea ended the season in third place on the Premier League log, they scored the least number of goals among the top six clubs, with Hazard responsible for 16 goals and 15 assists.

Since joining Chelsea from Lille in 2012, Hazard’s contribution for club is worthy of note. He has led the club to winning five titles in his time. He predominantly plays from the left flank and he poses great threat to opponents with his ability to dribble and run with the fall at his feet.

The Blues will be relying on the magic of Hazard to help them win the Europa League title in Baku but their greatest task is to replace the 28-year-old star if he switches Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu. However, we take a swipe at the two players that may step into his shoes.

Christian Pulisic

Pulisic agreed to join Chelsea in the January transfer window and the fans are expectant given the hype that surrounded his spell for Borrussia Dortmund. He was one of the most outstanding youngsters in the Bundesliga and his trait has seen him earn comparison with Eden Hazard.

He is adept at dribbling and running with the ball. He also likes to play short passes but he is one winger that knows how to score goals. He is expected to take some time to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League but fans and pundits have tipped him to come good.

Callum Hudson Odoi

Blessed with the ability to run at defenders, Odoi is the latest break out star from the Chelsea academy but despite being 18, he has earned rave reviews and is part of the first team of the club.

Although he is inexperienced, Odoi featured in 10 League games for Chelsea in the Premier League this season but we expect to see feature in more games next season.

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Chelsea Set To Miss Out On Star Player To Manchester City

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Manchester City are set to leapfrog Chelsea in the race for Leicester City left-back Ben Chiwell in the January.

Though Lampard is ineligible to make any official move for new players as at the time of this report due to FIFA’s transfer suspension, the English tactician and his employers hope to see the ban lifted in or before January.

The Blues are heavily linked with a move for the Foxes fullback as part of Lampard’s desire to upgrade his team this winter, should they eventually see FIFA’s sanction being lifted before next year.

However, Manchester City are now set to beat the Blues to the player as reports via Offside Football reveals that Pep Guardiola is willing to spend big on his services.

Guardiola, whose side currently occupy the fourth position, is far from impressed with Benjamin Mendy’s display this season and he is set to release him in the winter.

The media outlet suggested that the former Barcelona manager has set his sights on the England international as perfect man to replace the Frenchman and he would do everything possible to lure him to the Etihad Stadium.

The 22-year-old left-back is having a great time under Rodgers at the King Power Stadium and it remains to be seen if the Foxes will listen to offers from the two Premier League giants.

 

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Chelsea to reignite interest in £43m-rated full-back next summer

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Chelsea’s transfer ban will be lifted at the end of the season and manager Frank Lampard will finally sign his first player as Chelsea boss.

The Blues are said to be targeting some top players ahead of the next summer window and Albanian right-back Elseid Hysaj is one of them.

According to Radio Punto TNuovo, the Blues are ready to reignite their desire to see the player at Stamford Bridge despite their inability to capture his services during Maurizio Sarri’s reign.

The former San Paolo star hasn’t been in a spectacular form for Napoli this season due to lack of regular game-time and he is being monitored by Lampard, who feels there is a need to upgrade his defence before next season.

However, it is believed that the manager’s interest and desire to work with Hysaj is dependent on  Reece James’s display throughout the rest of this season.

The young England international was lively against Crystal Palace as he prevented Manchester United’s transfer target Wilfred Zaha from having a meaning impact during the encounter.

Should James maintain such performance till the end of this season, it is very likely to see Lampard pull out of the race to sign the Napoli star before the 2020-21 begins.

Hysaj has featured in eight games in all competitions so far but he’s still in search of his first goal. He is valued at £43m by the Serie A giants.

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Chelsea star has been asked to leave club in January

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been advised to dump Chelsea in January if he must continue to feature in Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The World Cup winner lost his place at Stamford Bridge to Tammy Abraham prior to the start of the season and he has only featured in just six games for the Blues.

Considering the player’s experience and importance to his team, France national team head coach Deschamps has advised the former Arsenal centre-forward to end his spell at Stamford Bridge if he fail break into Lampard’s starting lineup before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are said to be eyeing a possible move for Giroud as Conte hopes to work with the player having failed to work with him during his days as Chelsea manager.

According to Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the San Siro outfits are already in talks with the Blues and a deal could be reached in or before January.

Moving out of the West London club could be the best option for Giroud as it is very unlikely to see Lampard drop in-form Abraham from his list of regular starters.

Giroud has played 44 Premier League matches and has scored five goals since joining the Blues in 2018.

 

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