Dutchman opens up on possible Chelsea links and two players Blues want to replace star man Hazard

Chelsea have lined up Philippe Coutinho and Wilfred Zaha as players who could replace Eden Hazard this summer claims BBC Sport’s David Ornstein claims.

It is no secret that Hazard is all set to pack his bags and leave for the dizzy heights of La Liga after months of speculation and frustration for the Fans, who have become sick of the rumours suggesting the man who netted an impressive 26-goals.

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Zaha has become one of the most dangerous wingers in the Premier League after reinventing his career and his performances over the past two seasons have impressed a number of Premier League clubs, and Coutinho is also a player that has become in-demand this summer after it was reported in the Spanish press that he could be sold by Barcelona.

Ornstein told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The Hazard question could be contingent to the transfer ban because despite reports to the contrary, his mooted move to Real Madrid is not done.

“[Chelsea director] Marina Granovskaia is putting up a fight on that one.

“If he is sold and the transfer ban is delayed, then I’ve been told they’ve got an interest in Philippe Coutinho.

“His agent is Kia Joorabchian who Chelsea have done a number of deals with in the past.

“There’s possibly also interest in Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for Hazard.

“Zaha, I’m told, if the price is right could well leave Palace this summer despite many Palace fans knowing that’s a bit of a doomsday scenario.”

Meanwhile, Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has admitted that he is honoured to be linked to Chelsea and Barcelona.

The 49-year-old has been the mastermind behind Ajax’s remarkable success this season and gained plaudits for steering the club past the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid to reach their first Champions League semi-finals for 22-years.

And there has been some speculation in the media that we may look to try and secure his services at the end of the season, if Maurizio Sarri fails to bring the Europa League title to Stamford Bridge against Arsenal.

Addressing speculation over his future, Ten Hag said: ‘It’s an honour to be linked with big clubs like Barcelona, Bayern and Chelsea but I have a contract with Ajax and I am happy here.

‘There are no problems for me. I am happy and I’m planning my future here, I am not thinking about leaving.’


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