Antonio Conte kicked off his January transfer window business with the signing of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley last week, but that is unlikely to be the only Chelsea activity this month.
Barkley arrived at Stamford Bridge on Friday for a fee in the region of £15 million, giving Conte a much-needed versatile addition in midifeld.
However, there are reports that Chelsea’s manager wants to further strengthen his squad to take on challenges on multiple fronts, with Blues competing in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Madrid to raid Chelsea for Hazard?
Real Madrid are reported to have drawn up a three man shortlist of world class players to replace Cristiano Ronaldo when the legendary forward hangs up his boots.
Ronaldo is Madrid’s record goalscorer but, at the age of 32, probably only has a few more seasons left in him at the highest level.
Spanish site Mundo Deportivo claim that Hazard is one candidate to take up Ronaldo’s mantle in Spain, and could cost Zinedine Zidane’s team in excess of £120 million.
Alternatively, Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and PSG’s Neymar are also on the shortlist.
Blues join the race for Mahrez
Another pacey wide forward who this time could be joining Chelsea is Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked with a host of the Premier League’s top clubs.
Liverpool are thought to be leading the way for the Algerian, whilst Spurs also retain an interest, but according to the Sun, Blue are also in the running.
Mahrez would be a like-for-like replacement for Hazard should the Belgian leave, and is likely to be interested in taking his career a step up from Leicester.
Kenedy on the way out?
Forgotten man Kenedy has only played three times for Chelsea this season, all coming in the League Cup, so could head out on loan in search of regular football.
According to The Telegraph, Newcastle United are interested in the Brazilian wide man, and had been waiting on the Ross Barkley deal to be completed before being able to bring Kenedy in.
With that transfer now complete, Conte may be able to grant the 21-year-old a way out of the club.
Chelsea to let Luiz leave – but not to a rival
According to The Express, Blues are actively trying to get rid of defender David Luiz, either permanently or on loan.
The Brazilian centre half is thought to have fallen out with Conte, and has been out of favour in the first team selection since October.
Although Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the former PSG man, Chelsea are reluctant to potentially strengthen a rival, so would prefer to deal with a foreign club.
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