Chelsea offer mega deal to keep Hazard from Real
Wednesday’s back pages report that Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is to be offered a massive £300,000 per week – making him the highest paid player in the league – to stay on at Stamford Bridge next season.
The report comes amid speculation that Real Madrid will seek to secure the 26-year-old’s signature, though apparently the club are confident they can keep hold of Hazard, whose current contract takes him up to 2020.
Paper Round’s view: What a bizarre couple of seasons it’s been in the Premier League. After something of an annus horribilis last year, Hazard has found magnificent form recently and Chelsea will no doubt do everything they can to keep him. The lure of Real Madrid must be a strong one but with a pretty solid attacking force already, including the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s hard to see where Hazard would fit. And if Conte’s first season is anything to go by, one might be tempted to wait and see what more he can achieve at the club.
Arsenal set Sanchez price tag…
Alexis Sanchez makes the back pages once more on Wednesday as it is reported that Arsenal have set their price for the Chile international. In what must now be one of the longest-running contract sagas, the Gunners star has just a year left on his deal and attempts to negotiate an extension were said to have hit a brick wall last week when they were temporarily put on hold.
The Mirror reports on Wednesday that Arsenal will therefore demand £50 million for him if forced to sell.
…But is the price right for Chelsea?
Though Arsenal are apparently insisting Sanchez must not join another English club, those pesky west Londoners Chelsea are said to have other ideas, with a swoop for the 28-year-old planned. Reports suggest, however, that whoever takes on Sanchez will have a hefty bill to pay to secure his services. The Mirror suggests Sanchez’s representatives are asking for his salary to be more than doubled from £130,000 to £300,000 per week.
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