With Diego Costa widely expected to leave Chelsea this summer, the punters propping up the bar in the Transfer Taven are waxing poetic about the new era dawning for them.
He, along with Stamford stalwart John Terry, will be big misses in west London, though there is one man who’s potential exit would surely impact the club much more. Indeed, Eden Hazard may now be out injured, though that hasn’t stopped rumours circulating in regards to his future.
Barcelona have recently been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old, with the La Liga giants reportedly at risk of losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. On paper, the 25-year-old could be a big-name potential replacement for the Brazil star, should he depart for the French capital.
Antonio Conte has asked Bayern Munich about Renato Sanches. Also tells Barcelona to forget about Eden Hazard. More @MirrorFootball
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) July 28, 2017
However, the Daily Mirror’s Darren Lewis has taken to Twitter to reveal that Antonio Conte has told the Blaugrana to forget about landing the former Lille man. One of the best players in Europe, surely Chelsea’s chances of competing in the Champions League largely rely on keeping Hazard in SW6.
Back to his best after a dreadful campaign in 2015/16, the Blues in the bar desperately hope he sticks around for the long haul.
Chelsea are in a strong position when it comes to keeping Hazard. They can offer him star status at one of England’s biggest clubs and it’s not all too long ago he penned a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
While Barcelona are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to taking some of the best players in the Premier League away, Chelsea are probably in too strong a position to lose him right now.