May 19, 2017
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Chelsea round-up: Huge Eden Hazard contract; Everton make Romelu Lukaku demands; bid for midfielder could see swap

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The London Evening Standard claim that Chelsea are ready to make Eden Hazard their key man with a new £300,000 per week contract which could see him become take centre stage for years to come at Stamford Bridge. With interest from Real Madrid, the contract could secure the Belgian’s future.

Hazard has been in superb form this season after a disappointing campaign in 2015/16 under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink and has been linked with a £100 million move to Spain, but the Blues are prepared to offer a £100,000 per week wage rise to persuade him to stay in west London.

In more transfer news, the Daily Mail report that Everton could look to demand young striker Tammy Abraham as exchange in part of any potential agreement for Hazard’s international team-mate Romelu Lukaku. Abraham was Bristol City’s top scorer on loan in the Championship and is unlikely to feature in the Chelsea first team next season.

However, the club were thought to be keen to loan him out and it is unclear how they would react to this kind of interest from the Toffees. It’s unlikely that they will be happy to allow the England under 21 international to leave, but if it is the only way to bring Lukaku back to London then it could be a big decision to make.

Another striker could be on his way out as part of another swap deal as the Telegraph believe that the scorer of the crucial league winning goal, Michy Batshuayi, could be used as a makeweight in a £43 million swoop for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who won Ligue Un with his club this week.

The French international is understood to be one of the top targets for the club this summer with a £200 million budget available to Antonio Conte to spend to reinforce his squad ahead of a Champions League campaign and Premier League title defence.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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