Chelsea’s £200m body blow
Chelsea face the prospect of losing Eden Hazard and Diego Costa this summer. The Sun reports that Real Madrid will come in with a £100m world-record bid for Hazard (the Mirror claim £120m), and say it will take £200m for Chelsea to replace the Belgian and Costa, who is rumoured to be unhappy with the English weather and has been linked with a move to China as well as back to former club Atletico Madrid.
Paper Round’s view: It’s the rumour which won’t go away. Hazard to Real. It seems likely the Spanish giants will move for the playmaker, but will Chelsea give in? After what looks set to be a title-winning season, the Blues will not want to lose their best players when Champions League football returns to Stamford Bride. A Galactico will head to Real, and Hazard fits the bill – expect Chelsea to fight tooth and nail to keep him.
Atleti to offer Griezmann new deal
The Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United rumours have persisted for some months now, but the Daily Star report that Atletico Madrid will offer the striker a bumper deal to keep him in Spain. It is widely expected that the Frenchman will join United this summer, but Atleti are willing to lift his wages from £120,000-a-week to £180,000 – while slapping on a £130m release clause in the process.
Paper Round’s view: Another will he, won’t he which will dominate the gossip columns this summer. It’s no surprise to see that Atleti are determined to hold onto their star man. Will it depend on whether United qualify for the Champions League? Well we’ll just have to find out, won’t we…
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