Chelsea issued a statement of intent against Norwich City on Saturday. The Blues have scored seven unanswered goals in a dominant display against the Canaries, who continue to languish at the bottom of the Premier League table.
During this time, Chelsea are ready to pay 50 million euros for a former star who plays for Real Madrid. Elsewhere, a Blues defender, whose current contract expires next summer, is in contact with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
On that note, here’s a look at the main Chelsea transfer stories to October 23, 2021.
Chelsea ready to pay € 50m for Eden Hazard
Chelsea are ready to pay Real Madrid € 50m to bring Eden Hazard back to Stamford Bridge, according to The hard tackle via El Nacional. The Belgian is no more than the shadow of his illustrious self since he left the Blues to settle at the Santiago Bernabeu. The La Liga giants are now at the end of their patience with him.
However, the Blues believe Hazard could be brought back to his best if he returns to familiar surroundings. The Belgian achieved legendary status during his time with the Premier League giants. With Timo Werner linked with an exit from the club next year, Chelsea are looking to add more firepower to their frontline.
Hazard appeared to be a realistic option. Real Madrid know it is impossible to recoup the exorbitant fees they paid for the Belgian’s services. Kylian Mbappe is expected to arrive at the club next year, and a transfer for Erling Haaland is also planned.
Hazard could therefore become surplus to the needs of the La Liga giants. However, Los Blancos are likely to demand more than what the Blues offer the Belgian.
Antonio Rudiger talks to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in touch with Antonio Rudiger over a move next summer, according to Sports witness via Gianluca di Marzio.
The German defender is in the last year of his current contract with Chelsea. Rudiger is a central part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans, and the Blues are desperate to keep him. The German has yet to put his pen to a new deal as he is not happy with Chelsea’s offer.
Rudiger has been linked with the best clubs in Europe, and it now looks like City and Spurs are on his track as well. Di Marzio has claimed that the German is unlikely to sign a new contract with the Blues. Along with the Premier League duo, PSG and Juventus are among the possible destinations for Rudiger.
Chelsea decide against £ 34million transfer for Saul Niguez
Chelsea have decided not to take the option to buy Saul Niguez, according to L’Express via Larazon. The Spaniard joined the Blues at the deadline this summer, on loan for the remainder of the season. The Premier League giants have the option of signing Saul permanently for £ 34million at the end of the season.
However, Tuchel is not convinced by the Spaniard and does not have him in his plans. Instead, Chelsea could try to get Marcelo Brozovic to Stamford Bridge next summer.