Two players Chelsea are ready to sign when Hazard leaves for Real Madrid this summer
Chelsea have lined up Philippe Coutinho and Wilfred Zaha as players who could replace Eden Hazard this summer – though any deals are dependent on their FIFA-imposed transfer ban being frozen, 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.
But we will find out if he will leave the club, especially since reports suggest an £86 million fee between the club have been agreed, meaning the Blues will look to find an adequate replacement for the Belgian superstar.
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, especially since he admitted that he wants to leave this summer.
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 after failing to make the kind of impression the Spaniards expected after signing him from Liverpool.
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.”
It is no secret that losing Hazard this summer will be a massive loss for the club, but if Chelsea can get the transfer ban overturned over the next few weeks, then they will need to spend the £86 million wisely.
And although Zaha has been impressive for Palace, there is a feeling that many fans would love to see Coutinho replace Hazard this summer.