Tuesday 20 March 2018

Chelsea eye Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Eden Hazard replacement

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being tracked by Chelsea as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard.

According to The Sun and Daily Star, Belgium international Hazard is wanted by Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern and Manchester United and is waiting to see who Chelsea's new permanent manager will be before deciding his future.

Jose Mourinho was keen on the Ox when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge and the interest in the player has not waned, despite the Special One's departure.

As far as Hazard goes, The Star claims Manchester United are planning a sensational £65 million swoop.

United will turn to the reportedly-unsettled Belgium international after being told they stand no chance of landing their No 1 target - Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

We are told United are 'poised to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich' for the playmaker in what could be the summer's biggest transfer scrap.

A United source is even quoted as saying: "The club has to be realistic and realise that signing Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo remains a long shot, which means alternative targets come into the equation.

"Eden Hazard is certainly one of those and the type of player United need if they want to start winning trophies again."

United's supposed offer to Hazard is thought to be worth around £250,000-a-week.

The Daily Express adds that Didier Drogba's arrival as a Chelsea coach could be key to the club holding onto Hazard.

Chelsea are poised to swoop for Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to The Daily Star.

The Argentine is out of contract in the summer, and has been linked with a move to Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan.

 Reports in Italy claim, however, that Juve and Inter are set to miss out on the player, with Chelsea now the frontrunners.

Premium Sport states that Lavezzi met with Chelsea officials on Thursday to finalise details for a contract that would see him arrive at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Arsenal and Tottenham are also interested in the 30-year-old, who featured for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

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