Courtois wants Hazard deal, £87m Koulibaly move, Odoi message, Pochettino plan B, Gattuso wants Bakayoko deal in Chelsea Sunday news and gossip
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Thibaut Courtois has urged Real Madrid to complete a summer transfer deal for Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard.
As many Chelsea fans know, Hazard is heavily tipped to pack his bags, walk through the Stamford Bridge exit signs and jump on a plane to sign for Spanish giants Madrid at the end of the season.
Hazard has admitted he loves being a Chelsea player, but also admits that a move to Madrid would fulfil a lifelong dream of playing for Madrid, and it would also give him a better opportunity of becoming the best player in world football.
However, there has also been talk that Madrid are keen to acquire the services of PSG star Neymar, meaning that a deal for Hazard would not be on the table as a move for the Brazilian would cost around £200 million.
But Courtouis, who left Chelsea last summer, has admitted he would love to link-up again with Hazard once again.
‘I [would] choose Eden, of course,’ Courtois told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
‘I really like him, but the choice is up to the board.
‘I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.
‘The team is what it is now. Karim Benzema is in a good shape and scored 17 goals. [Gareth] Bale started well, but then had to deal with injuries.
‘You see in the matches that we have quality, only sometimes it is not possible to score.’
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenige has suggested the club will continue their pursuit of Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer.
Hudson-Odoi is one of the finest talents in world football and is tipped to be the long-term replacement for Eden Hazard, who is heavily tipped to back his bags and make the big money move to Real Madrid, with a fee of around £100 million set to get a deal done.
But Hudson-Odoi is reportedly dead set on leaving Chelsea in the summer transfer window to sign for the German Champions, who tried on four occasions during the January window to try and secure a move for the Englishman, with the last offer around £40 million.
However, Chelsea stoof their ground and refused to let Hudson-Odoi leave, as they hope that the Englishman will sign the £85,000-a-week contract that has been left on the table.
“I guess Hasan (Salihamidzic) is a bit like Uli (Hoeness),” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Goal and Spox.
“We also had transfers in the past that didn’t work at the first attempt but at the second. And that’s what we will work on now.
“To lay down a marker costs money. We want the best quality players here at Bayern and Hasan is absolutely convinced of that player.”
Reports have claimed Chelsea are looking to beat off Manchester United for the signing of Tottenham boss Maricio Pochettino.
It is highly-regarded in that Uunited are looking to take Pochettino to Old Trafford in the summer, despite the fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a terrific start to life as boss at Old Trafford and brought the positive vibe back to the club.
Reports have claimed United are massive fans of Pochettino and see him as the future of the club, after the Argentine turned Spurs into one of the best sides in the Premier League, and all indications suggested they had no real contenders for Poch.
However, reports on the Sky Sports website has now claimed Chelsea are making a plan B in case Maurizio Sarri does not live upto expectations this season and have taken a keen interest in trying to prise Pochettino away from Spurs.
Sarri made an instant impact at Stamford Bridge but results and performances have dipped since he suffered the first defeat of his reign against Pochettino’s Spurs side back in November, and they believe they can prise Pochettino away from Spurs with a £50 million offer.
But the former Southampton manager’s preference remains United, should he opt to call time on his five-year tenure at Spurs.
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso is eager to keep Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent basis.
The 24-year old midfielder struggled to make any impact last season at Stamford Bridge and was heavily criticised for some of his performances in a Blues shirt, with many believing that he simply does not have the quality to make it in the Premier league.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri swiftly decided to let him leave on-loan for the remainder of the season soon after his arrival at Stamford Bridge, and despite a poor start to life in Seria A, Bakayoko has actually impressed during his stay at the San Siro.
And now Gattuso has announced that he is eager to make the loan deal for Bakayoko a permanent one, stating on the Daily Star website: “At this moment we cannot do without him, he must remain at Milan.
“He is proving technical skills.
“You know that I am not in charge of the finances, but he is certainly giving us fundamental improvements.
“He can become an important player for this club for many years.”
Bakayoko recently stated his dcesire to stay at Milan.
‘I heard what Leonardo said, but I’m not in a position to talk about it. It’s an issue that concerns Milan and Chelsea,’ Bakayoko told Corriere dello Sport.
‘Staying at Milan is my dream and the fixed thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea.
‘Right now I just want to finish the season in the top four. After that we’ll think about it.’