Chelsea round-up: Hazard makes demands; new contract to warn off Madrid; Chinese club confident of Costa deal
The Daily Mail claim that Chelsea are preparing to table a new contract offer for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in an attempt to persuade him to commit his future to the Blues amid interest from Real Madrid in his services as they look to take him back to Madrid, where he spent two years on loan at Atletico Madrid.
The offer would represent a pay rise from his £120,000 per week in his current agreement which runs until the summer of 2019. It may not be cheap for the club, but could be vital if they are to keep hold of one of their key players as they have romped to the top of the Premier League.
However, one key name could be on his way out as Sky Sports report that Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian remain confident of securing the signature of Diego Costa, despite issuing a statement claiming that they have not held any talks with the striker, which Sky Sports quote as saying:
“With regards to the current widespread rumours of Chelsea player Diego Costa joining Tianjin Quanjian, the club would like to make clear that no discussions have taken place regarding the transfer of Diego Costa.”
Costa may not be such a loss given his lack of form since January, when speculation regarding his future first began. Despite that, Costa is still the club’s top goalscorer this season and would need to be replaced, which would not come cheaply for the Blues in the current transfer market.
They may need to spend big for other reasons though, as French source Le 10 Sport claim that Eden Hazard will demand that the club make two world class signings in order to ensure that he remains happy in west London as he too has been subject to interest from Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.
With the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Virgil Van Dijk and Alvaro Morata among those to be linked recently, it is clear that the Belgian wants Roman Abramovich to splash the cash to encourage the side to compete in Europe in the Champions League next season and keep Hazard happy.
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