Chelsea’s summer transfer plans are still relatively unknown as fans wait to see who will complete their takeover of the club.
The April 11 deadline for final confirmed offers is understood to have been slightly extended, meaning the status of the Blues’ transfer window remains up in the air.
However, this has not stopped the rumor mill from continuing, and football.london brings you all the latest rumors that have been doing the rounds all Friday.
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Eden Hazard to the ‘meeting’ of Arsenal
Arsenal are said to have held a meeting with Real Madrid over the possible loan of winger Eden Hazard in the summer, according to foreign media reports. The Belgian has had problems since he moved to the Bernabéu in 2019. It would represent a shock move for the gunners, as the 31-year-old shone at London rivals Chelsea all those years before. Of course, his last match for him Blues it was the victory in the Europa League final over Arsenal.
Despite moving to La Liga for over £100m, he is unable to break into the Real Madrid squad as he has struggled to settle in and is badly hit by injuries. In just 65 competitive appearances, the winger has scored just six goals and assisted ten. Speaking of his lack of playing time in February, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “He [Eden Hazard] he’s fine and he’s training well, but I make decisions for the team; If he doesn’t play it’s because I choose someone else. He has played games that he believed he could help the team. It’s nothing personal, and he doesn’t have any physical problems.”
However, it looks like he could be shown the exit door this summer, with Footmercato reporting the club are looking to send him out on loan. They also claim that Arsenal held an early meeting with them about a possible Hazard deal.
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Antonio Rudiger £2.5m issue
Juventus’ search for Rudiger continues to attract attention as the Old Lady look to beat Barcelona for a defender whose future is still up in the air, despite the confidence of Thomas Tuchel. If it’s true, of course. He would try to meet him if he was in any other club. He’s still our player and we still think there’s a good chance he’ll still be our player once things work out.” Tuchel said about the Barcelona meetings that allegedly took place with his representatives.
“This situation is the situation right now, our hands are tied. We can’t talk or negotiate with him and his agent. It’s only fair if it’s true that he listens to other offers. That’s the way it is, but I’m still confident.”
In the meantime, Sports Witness have reported that the German international wants £2.5m more in wages than Juve are currently prepared to offer.
According to the Italian outlet, the Chelsea player is calm about the situation and “taking his time” to decide his future. Corriere Torino says Rudiger’s priority is still given to Chelsea so he will have to wait and see how the club’s sanctions go until the summer.
In case he doesn’t stay at Stamford Bridge, there are plenty of clubs that would like to sign him as, apart from Juventus, clubs like Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain or Real Madrid have been linked with him.
Steven Gerrard’s Chelsea snub explained
The now Aston Villa manager has used his own experience of turning down a big club like Chelsea to offer Spurs’ Harry Kane some great advice ahead of the summer transfer window, talkSPORT has reported. Gerrard once came close to making the controversial move from Liverpool to Chelsea when José Mourinho was on the bench, but his love for his boyhood club meant this could not come to fruition.
“I admire his loyalty to Tottenham and of course I’m sure it has been tempting for him on many occasions to take one of those options,” Gerrard said at his pre-match news conference on Friday. “Spurs fans should enjoy him and admire the loyalty he has shown them. You see a guy who is desperate to succeed with Tottenham and I have a lot of admiration for that.
“He might still have a chance to achieve a couple of things in his career that could mean more to him with Tottenham than anyone else because of what Tottenham have given the player as well. That’s what it boiled down to with me. The decision was, yes, I could go to three or four teams in a foreign country or a couple at the national level that maybe have a better chance of winning.
“But winning something with your team, the one you love and the fans you love, I think that will mean more to him for the rest of his life than a short-term fix.”