It was a busy day in the media over the weekend, so here are the latest news, gossip and transfer news from IcChelseanews.
Reports have claimed Real Madrid are willing to let Chelsea transfer target Luka Modric leave next summer.
The little Croatian was integral in helping Madrid regain another Champions League title last season and was also instrumental in helping Croatia reach the World Cup finals.
He was heavily linked with a move away after the World Cup finished with us and Inter Milan supposedly keen on a deal, but having already lost Cristiano Ronaldo, Real refused to sanction his departure.
However, Mundo Deportivo say that stance has softened, as Madrid are now looking to revamp their aging squad, leaving the door open for Maurizio Sarri to try and secure a possible deal.
Sarri already has a world class midfield and doesn’t need to do much tinkering, but with reports Mateo Kovacic will not get a permanent deal, Willian tipped to leave for Barcelona and Cesc Fabregas linked with a move to AC Milan, there could be a need for Sarri to land a world class replacement. (READ MORE)
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has dropped the first hint for a while that he could leave Stamford Bridge next summer, with his contract at Stamford Bridge up in 2020.
Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for the past 12 months with the Spaniards keen to add him to the starting line-up for next season, as they sold Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window and failed to bring in any sort of replacement.
But it is widely expected that they will make a whopping £200m move for Hazard, knowing the winger believes a move to La Liga will take his game to the next level.
And he told French TV channel Canal Plus that he could in fact leave the club at the end of the season, stating: “I have one year left in June. If I don’t extend, it (a move) is possible.
“I can’t see myself leaving in January. I wouldn’t do that to the club, to the fans. Next summer it’s a possibility, but it’s also possible that I spend the rest of my career at Chelsea.” (READ MORE)
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has warned Maurizio Sarri that Mauro Icardi would need time to adapt to life in the Premier League, if Chelsea made a move.
The Argentine striker has been heavily linked with a January move to Stamford Bridge as reports have suggested Sarri is desperate to add a world class forward to his front-line that is able to score 20-30 goals a season.
Icardi netted an impressive 29-last season for the Italian giants, so Sarri knows he would be getting a proven goal-scorer at the very highest level of the game.
But amidst all the speculation of a possible January deal, Hasselbaink has warned Sarri that Icardi would need time to adapt to the Premier League.
“I’d have to see Icardi in the Premier League first,” said Hasselbaink, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“The Italian league is totally different.
“Obviously he’s a good player and has great potential but so many of the foreign stars come here and cannot cope with the physicality and pace of the Premier League.
“If he does come we’d have to be patient with him.” (READ MORE)
Chelsea will “do anything” to keep hold of Eden Hazard, according to the Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law.
Despite his impressive start to the new Premier League season, in which Hazard has netted eight goals, there is many in the media which believe that this will be Hazard’s final season at Stamford Bridge as he will sign for Madrid at the end of the season.
However, we are not prepared to let their star man leave the club without a fight and have opened talks with his agents about a possible £350,000-a-week contract, despite the fact he has admitted on numerous occasions that a move to Madrid is high up on his priority list.
And Law says we will do all we can to persuade Hazard to stay, stating: “I think Chelsea would try to make him the best-paid player in the world, if it means they keep him,” said Law on the Sunday Supplement.
“There’s no chance he’ll go in January but possibly next summer. Chelsea would pay him £500,00-a-week in order to keep him. They’d do anything.” (READ MORE)
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