Chelsea make £62 million offer, £108m transfer message and Fraser opens up on Bournemouth exit

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Chelsea have made a £62million offer for Valencia star Goncalo Guedes, as a possible replacement for the departed Eden Hazard.

Hazard FINALLY got his dream move to Real Madrid last week after months of transfer talk, speculation and frustration for the fans who became sick of reading about the Belgian leaving on a daily basis.

But his departure has opened up speculation on whom could come in and replace the Belgian, with Plaza Deportiva claiming we are desperate to sign Guedes this summer and have made a £62 million offer to acquire his services.

The 22-year-old impressed this season for Valencia, netting eight goals and providing four assists in all competitions.

And ESPN expert Gabriele Marcotti has recently offered us hope in their chase to sign a number of players this summer, as they look to overturn their transfer ban.

“It will be easier to do so once you have clarity on the transfer ban.

“But don’t forget, this is a team that has a whole bunch of guys out on loan who can probably come back and help if worse comes to worse, if there is a transfer ban from [Fikayo] Tomori to [Tiemoue] Bakayoko.

“You knew Hazard was going to go and you’re not going to replace Eden Hazard but you look to people who you think can make similar contributions.

“Unless they were asleep under a rock, they would have known that Eden Hazard was going to go. We all knew this, this is not a surprise.

“We all knew that Willian and Pedro’s contracts were expiring and they likely aren’t going to be extended, they might extend one of them if they get the transfer ban.

“But this is the reality, you move on with different players. This is what happens, players get old and they get replaced.

“What I’m telling you is even if there is a transfer ban, they’ll be competitive to finish top four next season if they get the right manager.

“And if there is no transfer ban, then they’ll be looking to strengthen and maybe make a run to bring them closer to the top two.”

Ryan Fraser has admitted he has ‘no clue’ what his future holds amid interest in the Bournemouth winger from Chelsea.

With Maurizio sarri seeking to add a bit more width and creativity to his BLUES attack, there has been some speculation in the media over the past few weeks which have suggested we could make a move to try and sign Fraser for a fee of £25 million.

Fraser has scored seven goals and registered 14 assists this term and the Scotland international has also caught the attentions of Arsenal and Liverpool, with rumours the Cherries would be open to selling for a fee of £20 million.

It is no secret that we are still in this silly transfer ban which does not allow us to sign any players, but the appeal is in place and we need to line-up a number of players to come in and help fill the void of Eden Hazard after he left for a move to Real Madrid.

But Fraser has admitted that he is yet to make a definitive decision on his future.

“The lads have been asking,” Fraser told the BBC sport website.

“I don’t know myself so there’s no point thinking about it, wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. I don’t know what is happening. I’m not just saying that.”

Chelsea have been given hope in their quest to sign Antoine Griezmann after the Frenchman admitted he may leave La Liga.

Now that Eden Hazard has left the club to sign for Real Madrid, in a move that could backfire, there has been talk in the media that we could try and acquire the services of French World Cup winner Griezmann this summer.

He was Atletico’s inspirational figure when they won the 2018 Europa League, scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Olympique Marseilles in the final, before helping them win the UEFA Super Cup. Griezmann also lifted the Spanish Super Cup in 2014.

But after months of thinking about his future, Griezmann eventually met with Diego Simeone to tell the Argentine boss that he wants to leave the club and seek pastures new, with all indications suggesting that Barcelona are set to win the race.

But no decision on whether to trigger the clause this year has been made by Barca, meaning that he is still on the market for us to sign and now he has admitted that he could in fact leave Spain.

“There’s a need for patience, as it’s still soon,” Griezmann said on the Daily Express website.

“I want my future to be decided more than anyone, but there’s a need to wait.

“I don’t know if I’ll remain in Spain. Maybe in two weeks we’ll know something. I just want to play football and have fun.”

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