Eden Hazard wants to join Real Madrid this summer, but Liverpool and Arsenal ‘look to hijack a deal’.
The forward ‘has been on Liverpool’s radar’ for years, while Unai Emery is ‘a massive fan’.
Hazard’s contract expires at the end of next season, and he has refused to sign an extension.
Chelsea themselves have confirmed he will be leaving this summer. And according to The Sun, this ‘transfer battle’ could net them £35m.
Another player Arsenal are known to be interested in is Lille winger Nicolas Pepe. Manchester United are also thought to be keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, with his agent suggesting a move was in the pipeline this week.
According to Le10Sport, Liverpool have ‘ticked’ Pepe on their ‘shortlist’, clearly impressed with his 20 goals and 14 assists in 36 games this season.
The story also links PSG, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Barcelona to Pepe, but Liverpool will ‘take a stand’ over a player worth a reported £70m.
Chelsea also want Pepe, but he is one of their two major attacking targets.
The other is Philippe Coutinho, with both players seen as ideal replacements for their own lovely Hazard. This gossip has finally come full circle.
Telefoot claim Coutinho is their first-choice ‘heir’ to Hazard’s throne, having become an ‘impossible’ signing for United after his Barca struggles.
Pepe is their next option, but it would be difficult to sign someone wanted by several clubs across Europe.
Of course, this will all depend on two factors: Hazard leaving and Chelsea’s transfer ban not being upheld.