Sarri told to sell Hazard, Pepe move officially on, Sarri told Werner leaving, Eden told to leave London in Chelsea news and gossip
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Lille president Gerard Lopez says Nicolas Pepe will be sold next season, with Chelsea just one of a number of clubs interested in a possible transfer deal.
Chelsea may be facing a transfer ban and unable to sign players for the next two transfer window, but that has not stopped the club eyeing up possible deals just in case FIFA decide to overturn or postpone the ban, which is what the Blues are seriously hoping for.
And despite having the likes of Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuaín on the books at Stamford Bridge, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is seeking a more long-term solution to his goal-scoring problems and has been linked with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mauro Icardi over the past few months.
But another name that has been mentioned about a possible move to London is that of Pepe, as the 23-year-old Pepe is among the most highly-rated forwards in Europe and his transfer value is estimated at more than 50 million euros ($57 million).
Pepe has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions this season and has been tipped to become one of the most deadly strikers in the game.
Now Chelsea have been handed a massive boost in their chase to land the highly-sought after striker after Lopez announced that Pepe will indeed be sold this soming summer.
“Four or five players will leave this summer. Nicolas Pepe’s departure is certain,” Lopez told French soccer show Telefoot on Sunday.
“He’s entering a price (salary) range we can no longer pay. He will have a lot of choices.”
Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has urged Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea at the end of the season and sign for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Hazard has had a magnificent seven seasons with Chelsea and has helped the club to two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and a surprising Europa League crown. But there is much speculation in the media which has all suggested that this could be his final season in England.
It is no secret that Hazard has ambitions to win the Champions League and Ballon D’or titles and there is a feeling that Chelsea cannot offer him that in the coming seasons, and it is also no secret that Madrid are looking to finally fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.
And now that Zinedine Zidane is back in charge of the Spanish giants, there is a strong suggestion that the French legend will launch a massive £98 million move to try and secure a big money move for Hazard, who he is a big fan of.
And Souness believes Hazard needs to move on, writing in a column for the Sunday Times: ‘Eden needs the fresh challenge of moving to Real Madrid this summer.
‘I know Chelsea’s fans won’t thank me for saying so and we’ll all miss watching the player who’s probably been the best in the Premier League over the past three or four seasons, but there’s more to come from Hazard and it’s now or never for him to prove that.
‘He needs to be extended and pushed because he’s capable of going to another level, where he scores 30-plus goals a season.’
Souness added: ‘Where will Chelsea be without him? To lose him would be a huge blow because he’s their one outstanding talent.
‘The word is he’s a really good lad, but he can be accused of getting in his armchair a bit during games and drifting out of them. That’s why it’s now or never.
‘He needs to be in a more challenging environment. He has been fabulous for Chelsea but needs to be pushed, by himself or the environment he’s in, to go to the next level.
‘Moving to Real Madrid can bring that out of him.”
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has confirmed that Chelsea transfer target Timo Werner will not be staying with the Bundesliga club beyond the summer transfer window,
Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 and has since scored 60 goals in 108 appearances and his performances for the German side have alerted a number of Europe’s top clubs to his growing talents.
Chelsea have been linked with a potential move for the young German as Blues boss Maurizio Sarri seeks to find a long-term solution to Gonzalo Higuian and Olivier Giroud, who are struggling for goals this season and are not looking like men that could lead the attack on a regular basis.
The Germany striker is out of contract at the end of next season and despite the interest from RB to keep hold of the striker, he has decided that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season and test himself at the highest level.
Mintzlaff told Sky Germany: “We want to extend it with him, but he has signaled to us hat he would rather now extend.”
Chelsea will have a ton of money to play with during the summer transfer window, especially if Chelsea manage to get back into the Champions League places, so many fans will be hoping that Sarri manages to acquire the type of players that will make an immediate impact on the side.
Former Chelsea star Mario Melchiot has urged his former club to cash in on star man Eden Hazard this coming transfer window, claiming it would be good for the Blues.
Hazard has been in the transfer headlines for all the wrong reasons ever since the World Cup last season after he admitted that maybe it was time for him to pack his bags and leave the club for a fresh challenge, with Real Madrid his preferred destination.
However, Madrid never officially made a move for Hazard and in the end Maurizio Sarri convinced the Belgian to stay another season, in hope they could get the winger to sign the massive £375,000-a-week deal that was left on the table, something Hazard has so far failed to do.
But Melchiot believes selling him to the Spanish giants for £100million this summer would be ‘great business’ for the London club.
Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former centre-back said: “Keeping him for another year and letting him go for free? That would be bad business.
“As a fan, all along I want to keep Hazard until the last minute. But as a business it would not be a smart move to hold onto him.
“You don’t want to let anybody walk out for free.
“If you can get a lot of money for him… he’s on his last year and still has a value of around £100m. If they can get that for him, it would be great.”