Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater in potential European club move

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Danny Drinkwater, who is apparently surplus to requirements at Chelsea, could make a loan move abroad before the transfer window shuts, according to reports.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has reportedly said he is happy for England international Drinkwater to exit the club this month.

The central midfield is an area Chelsea are well stocked in – with players such as N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley also competing for places.

Sarri has already let Tiemoue Bakayoko leave on a season-long loan to AC Milan.

Drinkwater has struggled since his £35 million move to Stamford Bridge last summer, starting just 5 matches having struggled with injuries. While he did come on as a sub in the Community Shield, he wasn’t in the matchday 18 in Chelsea’s opening match.

Paris St-Germain lining up £100 million bid for Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen

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French champions Paris St-Germain are planning to bid £100 million for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to reports.

The Daily Express claims that PSG are preparing to bid for a player they have a long-standing interest in before the transfer window in Europe shuts on 31 August.

Eriksen has been a crucial player for Spurs in recent seasons – he scored 14 goals and made 10 assists last time out – as well as Denmark.

He has two years left on his current contract but has yet to sign the improved deal Spurs have offered him, although talks are ongoing.

However, Spurs will be more than reluctant to sell. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is close to the player and knows his value to the side. Plus, as the English window has already shut, he wouldn’t be able to sign a replacement until January. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would also likely want more than £100 million for one of the club’s biggest assets.

PSG are not the only club interested in Eriksen. Real Madrid are thought to be interested in him, although a move would only be made if Luka Modric left the club, and the player has said he is staying at the Bernabeu.

If Eriksen were to go to PSG, it could mean that fringe players such as Julian Draxler and Angel de Maria could be offloaded as the club wouldn’t want to fall foul of Financial Fair Play rules.

AC Milan consider bid for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial

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Italian side AC Milan are reportedly considering bidding for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.

Milan are looking at bolstering their striking options and see the 22-year-Old Frenchman as an ideal candidate, according to reports in Italy.

Martial had been the subject of transfer speculation all summer – he is thought to be unhappy at his bit-part role in the first team – and had been expected to leave Old Trafford.

However, United bosses didn’t want to sell to a Premier League rival so interest from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur was rebuffed. So when the transfer window in England shut, he remained a United player.

However, the window in Italy is open until the end of the month so a bid could come in. But whether United bosses would entertain it is another matter, given that they would be unable to sign a replacement for Martial.

Real Madrid preparing to make £200 million bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

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European champions Real Madrid are preparing to make a final £200 million bid to tempt Chelsea into selling playmaker Eden Hazard.

Hazard starred for Belgium at the World Cup and has been a star for Chelsea for several seasons. Real bosses believe he is the player who can fill the sizeable boots left by Cristiano Ronaldo, who departed for Juventus earlier in the summer.

However, Chelsea have no intention of selling another of their star players to Real, having already seen goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois leave for the Bernabeu in a £35 million deal.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has repeated this stance, saying he has spoken to Hazard several times. “He is happy to stay here.”

Real have been pursuing Hazard all summer as their preferred marquee signing, and are thought to have already offered £150 million for him.

Hazard himself is stalling on a new contract at Chelsea – said to be worth £300,000 a week – but isn’t thought to be actively seeking a move.

While the transfer window has shut shut in England, in Spain it is open until the end of the month, so this transfer saga may have some distance to still run.

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Luka Modric reveals future plans

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Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric has settled speculation on his future by signing a new contract with the club.

There had been interest in the 33-year-old Croatian from several clubs – with Inter Milan thought to be particularly keen on signing him – but Modric has decided to stay out at the Bernabeu.

His new deal puts him level on wages with defender Sergio Ramos and behind only Gareth Bale – a demonstration by Real’s bosses of how important he is to the team.

After losing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, Real didn’t want to lose another lynchpin of their side. After his performances at the World Cup this summer Modric is now rightly regarded as one of the best midfielder players in world football, so his bosses were keen to ensure his salary reflected that.