£47m Paredes agreement, Dybala price set, Clarke ‘destined’ for big move, Dangerous Hazard game in good morning Chelsea news!
Here is a morning roundup of the latest Chelsea news, gossip and transfer speculation.
Reports have claimed Chelsea target Leandro Paredes has agreed a deal to sign for French giants PSG this month.
With Cesc Fabregas now at Monaco and Mauriizio Sarri desperate to improve the midfield this month, speculation in the media has suggested the Italian boss is seeking to complete a deal for Cagliari star Nicolo Barella or a deal for Paredes.
But with Cagliari announcing that their star man was going nowhere this month, Chelsea have now focused all their attentions on the signing of Paredes, with reports they had made a second offer after their £27 million offer was rejected at the weekend.
However, French Publication L’Equipe has now claimed that Chelsea are all set to miss out on the signing of Paredes as PSG have already agreed a deal with Zenit to sign the midfielder for a fee of around £47 million.
The news comes a day after the Ligue 1 side’s target Frenkie De Jong signed for Barcelona, as the French champions had to switch their attentions to Paredes after missing out on De Jong.
Reports have claimed Juventus have set a €100 million price tag for Chelsea target Paolo Dybala.
Dybala is ragarded as one of the biggest and most creative players at the Italian giants, but this season he has struggled to adapt to the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and has struggled for game time under boss Max Allegri.
And add that to the fact that Juventus have agreed a deal to bring Aaron Ramsey to the club at the end of the season from Arsenal on a free deal, there has been rumpours circling over in Italy that Juventus are ready to cash in on Dybala.
Chelsea have been one club linked with a possible move, as speculation continues around the futures of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, with all three linked with moves away at the end of the season with Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG all linked.
And now Chelsea have been given a huge boost in their chase for Dybala, after reports on the Calciomercato website claimed that Juventus have set a massive €100m price tag on the head of the Argentine superstar, but no deal will happen until the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid and Manchester United, as well as Barcelona, have been touted as potential destinations for the Argentine.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa says Chelsea target Jack Clarke is destined for the “highest level”.
The 18-year-old winger is viewed as one of the best young prospects in the country with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all keeping tabs on the teenager.
Clarke’s current deal still has two-and-a-half years left to run – but there has been talk of an extension as Leeds look to cement his long-term future.
However, that has not stopped speculation that Premier League clubs are readying a move to try and take him to their respective squads.
And Bielsa has told all chasing clubs that Clarke is destined for the highest level of the game, telling the Sky Sports website: “The important thing is the opinion of the club, and the opinion of the player.
“You have many young players who arrive to a high level. The steps he’s making shows that he belongs to the category of players who play at the highest level.”
Former Liverpool star Dean Saunders has told Maurzio Sarri he is playing a dangerous game with Eden Hazard.
Hazard has been brilliant for Chelsea this season and his goals have kept the Blues in the hunt for a top four spot, as well as a Carabao Cup trophy after a penalty shoot-out win against Tottenham on Thursday evening.
But there hae been alot of speculation about his future, with reports he is stalling on a new deal amidst Real Madrid speculation, and Sarri recently spoke out on Hazards leadership, sparking worldwide opinion on the Itlalians motives for hitting out at his star man.
And League Cup winner Saunders thinks the Italian is playing a “dangerous game”, warning him his approach is perhaps a little outdated.
He told talkSPORT.“Sometimes! I prefer him when he speaks with his feet.
“He is more an individual player than a leader. He is very important of course because he’s a great player.
“He can win the match in two minutes, sometimes one, but at the moment he is not a leader.
“I can see what he’s maybe thinking, he’s trying to get something out of him.
“Years ago, if he had said that to me in private I would have said, ‘well I’ll show you I am’
“It would be an insult but sometimes the insult can gee you on and make you play a bit better. But I think it’s a dangerous game.
“Hazard thinks he is a leader. He thinks he is the best player in the world, that’s why he is so good, he has to think that way to play with so much self-belief.
“You can’t criticise your best players any more, those days have gone, you’ve more or less got to be his friend.”