Eden Hazard could be on his way out of Chelsea with the Blues desperate to land Leonardo Bonucc...
Eden Hazard could be on his way out of Chelsea with the Blues desperate to land Leonardo Bonucci, while there are set to be further ins and outs at Manchester United, according to today’s papers.
Chelsea Set To Risk Hazard
Antonio Conte is reportedly willing to include Eden Hazard in a deal to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Former Italy and Juve boss Conte was desperate to land Bonucci this summer as he prioritised a new centre-back, but had to settle for the deadline day signing of David Luiz as Chelsea refused to meet the Bianconeri’s valuation.
However, with the Blues having struggled in recent weeks, especially defensively, Roman Abramovich is understood to be willing to allow an overhaul of the squad in January.
Chelsea had been linked with a world-record bid for Bonucci, in a move which would also include out-of-favour midfielder Cesc Fabregas. But according to The Sun, Hazard could now be offered instead in an attempt to drive the initial price down, although Juve boss Max Allegri would still prefer Fabregas.
Inter Failed With Massive James Summer Bid
Inter Milan agreed a whopping £76million deal with Real Madrid to sign James Rodriguez in the summer but their attempts to bring the Colombian playmaker to the San Siro were in vain.
Rodriguez rejected Inter's advances, opting instead to knuckle down at the Bernabeu and convince Real boss Zinedine Zidane that he should be given more game-time, according to Gazzetta.
The former Monaco midfielder enjoyed an impressive first season with the Spanish giants after signing from the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer of 2014 for £63m.
But injuries and questions over his attitude, along with the emergence of anchorman Casemiro, meant Rodriguez spent much of the 2015-16 season on the bench. Inter, who were bought by Suning Holding Group in the summer, spent heavily in the summer but were keen to bolster their ranks further with the signing of Rodriguez.
Meetings between the two clubs took place and while the Italian giants did manage to agree an eye-watering fee with Los Blancos, they could not convince Rodriguez to swap Madrid for Milan.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, will almost certainly leave Manchester United in January, and is interested in a move to the United States or back to Germany, after getting himself fit with extra gym sessions. (Sun)
Chelsea and Manchester City both want Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the 27-year-old still favours a move to Real Madrid. (Don Balon, via Star)
Manchester United and City, as well as Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, were all willing to pay £170m to sign Barcelona striker Neymar, 24, in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via Star)
Barcelona are interested in five defenders, including Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, 21. They are also watching Valencia's Joao Cancelo, 22, Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich, 21, Shakhtar Donetsk's Darijo Srna, 34, and Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner, 32. (Marca)
But Arsenal want to offer Bellerin a new long-term deal to keep him at the club, along with 20-year-old forward Alex Iwobi. (Goal)