The Front Line
A message from all Chelsea fans to Eden Hazard: please stay. With Real Madrid, along with a number of Europe’s other top clubs bound to come knocking this summer, the wonderful Belgian will have a big decision to make, and hopefully he makes the right one. A fan favourite at the Bridge, Hazard has the opportunity to go down as one of, if not the greatest player the club has ever had. He has been other worldly this season.
One man who almost seems set for a move away, much to the dismay of the Blues faithful is Diego Costa. China and a big big wage packet awaits if the rumours are to be believed. If so, Chelsea need a replacement, which will be no easy task considering Antonio Conte believes the Spaniard to be the best cents forward in the world. Former Blue Romelu Lukaku has been tipped to return to his once home, but at a price in excess if £60 million, Chelsea could turn elsewhere. Frenchman Moussa Dembele, who infamously was spotted on a flight to London on deadline day in January, still remains on Conte’s radar, and has been talked up by a former Blues legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who said the Bhoy is ‘a bracket below Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane at the moment, but he has the potential.’
On the other wing, Willian and Pedro are men who do not need replacing, however that does not mean they are guaranteed to be staying in London ahead of next season. Chelsea have allegedly targeted Federico Bernardeschi, the Fiorentina winger who has set Serie A alight with his fourteen goals and explosive performances for the Viola.
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