Chelsea round-up: Bid imminent for Spanish striker; Juventus want defender; Hazard ruled out
Chelsea could be set to launch a bid to bring another striker to Stamford Bridge this summer as The Telegraph say that the club are preparing a £15 million bid for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard is keen to reunite with Antonio Conte after the duo worked together at Juventus.
He also lined up alongside Alvaro Morata in Turin and that link could be revived in London. Swansea are unlikely to be keen to sell such a key player, particularly so close to the transfer deadline, but they will be aware that £15 million is good money for a 32-year-old with only 12 months left on his contract.
In a similar move, The Sun believe that Juventus may turn to Chelsea as they look to replace Leonardo Bonucci after his move to AC Milan. They claim that the Italians are considering a move for captain Gary Cahill with a valuation of £16.5 million placed on the England international.
It seems highly improbable that Chelsea and Antonio Conte would be prepared to sell their club captain with less than a week until the deadline and only weeks after being appointed captain as a replacement for John Terry. That could be a huge loss of experience which Conte would be keen to avoid.
Cahill will be suspended for this weekend’s clash with Everton and Antonio Conte has also confirmed that Eden Hazard will not be available for the Blues this weekend. The manager told the London Evening Standard that he is getting closer to fitness but is not yet ready as he said:
“The only player not fully fit is Hazard. He is improving and today he is playing with the Under-23s against Everton.”
Hazard was surprisingly called up to the Belgium national squad by former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez on Friday, in a decision that Conte admitted surprised him, so it could be interesting to see whether he features for Belgium or not in the weeks to come.
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