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Chelsea target AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to replace Thibault Courtois

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Premier League side Chelsea are targeting AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to replace current number one Thibault Courtois if he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.

Courtois looks set to leave Chelsea this summer, with Real Madrid in pole position to snap up the Belgian, with a £35.5 million deal likely, according to the London Evening Standard.

While Chelsea are becoming increasingly resigned to losing their number one, they won’t sell until they have a replacement in place.

There are several names in the frame, with AC Milan’s Italian stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma believed to be at the top of the list.

The 19-year-old, who has already started more than 100 Serie A games, could be available, as he has had a fractious relationship with fans there who objected to his protracted contract negotiations. He has also spoken in the past about a desire to leave.

AC Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has said that he could be allowed to leave. “If a good enough offer arrived, any of our players could be sold,” he said. There are far richer clubs out there and we have to choose other paths.”

If he were to go, he could fetch up to £30 million – at 19 he is by no means at the peak of his career – but that would be well within Chelsea’s financial range.

However, it is understood that other goalkeepers are also being considered. They include Petr Cech, who is seemingly surplus to requirements at Arsenal. He played at Stamford Bridge for a decade so could welcome a return, although he would surely only be a stop-gap for a season or two, given his age.

Another possibility is Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel. He has attracted interest from clubs this summer after some impressive performances for Denmark at the World Cup. Leicester have also just signed keeper Danny Ward from Liverpool, which could mean they are preparing for life without their current number one.

Barcelona to offer Chelsea Ousmane Dembele in any deal to sign Eden Hazard

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La Liga champions are reportedly willing to offer striker Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea as part of a deal to take Eden Hazard to the Camp Nou.

Hazard has given hints that he is seeking to bring his 6-year stint at Chelsea to an end, and it is thought that Real Madrid is his preferred destination – and the Champions League holders are known to be interested in signing him too.

However, Madrid’s great rivals Barca have also entered the running and reports have claimed they have met with Hazard’s representatives.

But now Spanish radio station Onda Cero has claimed that Barca are willing to include Dembele in any deal. The French forward was only signed last summer in a deal that could reach £135 million, but he had a mixed season – not helped by injury – and has already been linked with a move away from the club. However, he was part of the France squad that lifted the World Cup earlier in the month.

It hasn’t been mentioned if the deal would be a straight swap or would be player-plus-cash, although the latter would seem more likely.

However, Chelsea do not want to sell one of their stars. New manager Maruzio Sarri has already said he wants to keep their biggest players and wants to meet them all to explain his strategy for the coming season. Hazard is currently on holiday having helped Belgium to third place at the World Cup in Russia.

Chelsea are also worried about losing goalkeeper Thibault Courtois to Real Madrid. He has also indicated he wants to leave, again with Madrid as a preferred destination. If they sell him to Madrid they are unlikely to let Hazard go there as well.

Chelsea and Manchester United set to battle it out for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

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Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are ready for a battle to sign Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, according to reports.

Milinkovic-Savic, 23, has emerged as one of the hottest midfield properties in Europe in the past couple of seasons, and enhanced his reputation at the World Cup with his performances for Serbia. Last season, he scored 12 goals in 35 Serie A matches for Lazio, as well as providing 4 assists.

Understandably, a host of top European clubs are interested in signing him. Real Madrid have been linked in the past, as have Manchester United. Chelsea are now believed to have joined the running for him as new manager Maurizio Sarri seeks to freshen up his squad, according to the Corriere dello Sport in Italy.

But a stumbling block has been Lazio’s valuation of the Serb, which has seen clubs baulk. Before the World Cup, they were asking for £85 million, and this could increase thanks to his performances in Russia. However, Lazio have indicated that they could consider a player-plus-cash deal, according to reports in Italy.

Whether clubs will be prepared to pay is another matter, but with the inflated prices in today’s transfer market, you would not rule it out.

Eden Hazard drops huge hint over his future

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Chelsea playmaker has dropped a huge hint that his future could lie away from Stamford Bridge and that a transfer could be coming this summer.

The Belgian, speaking after his side secured third place at the World Cup, also said that he has a “preferred destination.”

Hazard said: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.

“I can decide if I want to stay or go. Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.”

Real Madrid are known to have a long-standing interest in Hazard and this may be stepped up after they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus earlier in the season.

However, their fierce La Liga rivals Barcelona have also recently been linked with a bid for him.

But Chelsea would want £150 million for the 27-year-Old who is at the peak of his career and also has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City are also believed to be interested but that move would seem a non-starter as Chelsea wouldn’t want to sell to a Premier League rival and it is believed Hazard wants to move to Spain.

The news will come as a blow to new Blues manager Maurizio Sarri who was finally announced as manager earlier in the week. Where Hazard figures in his plans is not yet known.

Real Madrid line up £150 million bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to replace Cristiano Ronaldo

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are plotting to make a £150 million bid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard as they seek to replace the departed Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus earlier this week in a deal said to be worth £105 million, and Los Blancos bosses know they need a marquee signing to replace him to keep fans happy.

Hazard has been linked with Madrid for some time, and he has spoken recently of the club as being “special”. He has also stalled on signing an improved £300,000 a week contract at Stamford Bridge, although he still has two years to run on his current deal.

The Belgian captain has also challenged Chelsea’s bosses to show their ambition by making bold signings this summer before he would commit. The club has yet to do much in the transfer window yet, possibly hamstrung by the drawn-out departure of manager Antonio Conte. The club finished fifth in the Premier League last season, thereby missing out on Champions League qualification, which could also be a factor in his decision on whether or not to depart.

Chelsea will be loathe to lose one of their stars, but some will depend on Conte’s replacement – expected to be Maurizio Sarri – wants. Plus £150 million would give the club extensive buying power to find a replacement.

Real are now expected to make a formal bid for Hazard within days.