Transfer Talk: Hazard, Courtois set for Chelsea exit
Nine Chelsea stars’ futures in doubt
It hasn’t been the happiest season at Chelsea, and the Telegraph reports that there are “doubts over the futures of as many as nine first-team players.”
With the position of coach Antonio Conte increasingly uncertain, theA�Telegraphsays the Premier League champions face “one of the biggest summers of the Roman Abramovich era.”
The most pressing doubts surround playmakerA�Eden HazardA�and goalkeeperA�Thibaut Courtois, who may not stay if the Blues do not qualify for the Champions League.
Although the club remain hopeful that both can be persuaded to sign new contracts, they have been heavily linked with Real Madrid in recent months.
Meanwhile,A�Cesc Fabregas,A�Pedro Rodriguez,A�Gary Cahill,A�David LuizA�andA�Olivier GiroudA�are all heading toward the end of their contracts, with Chelsea “so far unwilling to offer any more than 12-month extensions to players aged 30 or over.”
There are also doubts over strikerA�Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Borussia Dortmund, and defenderA�Kurt Zouma, temporarily at Stoke.
The Telegraph says Chelsea will not make decisions about them until the summer, but says it is unlikely that either would want to return to London to sit on the bench.
De Gea poised for new United deal
The long-running saga of whether Manchester United goalkeeperA�David De GeaA�moves to Real Madrid could soon be over, according to theA�Sun.
It says Spain international De Gea “is poised to sign a five-year deal worth A?350,000-a-week” and is expected to do so before the World Cup begins.
The report says that would make him the second-biggest earner in United history, behind onlyA�Alexis Sanchez, with the club “convinced he is ready to commit his future to them.”
Spurs stars ready to sign improved terms
There’s a blizzard of new contracts in the offing at Tottenham, says theA�Telegraph, which reports that manager Mauricio Pochettino will be joined byA�Harry Kane,A�Dele Alli,A�Jan Vertonghen,A�Hugo Lloris,A�Christian EriksenA�andA�Son Heung MinA�in putting pen to paper on improved terms.
Offers “are in the pipeline for Kane, Alli, Vertonghen, Lloris, Eriksen and Son in a bid to prevent any of Europe’s top clubs attempting to prise them away.”
Meanwhile, theA�MailA�reports that defenderA�Toby Alderweireldcould be heading for Paris Saint-Germain, with the Ligue 1 leaders “willing to match his A?10m-per-season wage demands.”
— Everton are looking to freshen things up after a disappointing season, and Den Haag defenderA�Wilfred KanonA�is in their sights, according to theA�Sun.
It reports that Sam Allardyce wants to strengthen his central defensive options but Real Betis, Villarreal and Eibar are also interested in the Ivory Coast international.
— And staying on Merseyside,A�Sky SportsA�reports that Liverpool are monitoring Valencia strikerA�Ferran Torres.
Torres, 18, has extended his contract until 2020, but it contains a a��25m buyout clause and he has also been linked with Barcelona.