Chelsea round-up: Club desperate for Hazard commitment; Costa battle continues; late call-up for signing
Chelsea’s summer transfer window may not have gone entirely to plan, but The Telegraph believe that one underrated signing could prove to have a huge value. That is the addition of Kylian Hazard, brother of Eden. Whilst he is not expected to play a major role in the first team despite his deadline day arrival, he could persuade the forward to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard is yet to extend his existing contract and club bosses are doing all they can to ensure that he commits to the Blues. The purchase of his younger brother could be a key step in guaranteeing his happiness and persuading him to finally put pen to paper on a long term deal.
One player who was expected to be on the move but hasn’t yet left is Diego Costa. The Daily Mail now say that Atletico Madrid, his most likely destination, are pleading with the Spaniard to return to Chelsea and rejoin training in the hope that it will make a deal in January easier to achieve.
Costa has not yet returned to London from his hometown of Lagarto in Brazil, angering Chelsea bosses as he takes his wage without reporting for training. It seems increasingly likely that if Costa does not return, he could face legal action from the Blues now that he will not leave until January.
There has been more positive news for new signing Davide Zappacosta, as the London Evening Standard say that he has been called up at the last minute for the Italian national squad after their defeat to Spain in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Saturday night in Madrid.
The 25-year-old earned his first cap under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte but narrowly missed out on selection for Euro 2016 as Conte culled Zappacosta from his squad before travelling to France.
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