Chelsea are reportedly ready to take a bit of a gamble and put their faith in flop summer signings Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Remarkably, this is because the Blues are aware of how well Mohamed Salah has done for Liverpool this season after barely being given a chance at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career.
Kevin De Bruyne’s form for Manchester City is another who has influenced Chelsea’s decision, with the Telegraph now suggesting it means they’ll be more patient with Morata and Bakayoko despite their poor starts in England.
Chelsea fans may not be thrilled to hear this after the club appeared to blow so much money on two unsuccessful purchases, with the Telegraph adding that there is particular concern about how Morata has settled into life in England.
Both players shone at Real Madrid and Monaco, respectively, but it’s been far from straightforward for them in the Premier League.
Chelsea could have done with both players hitting the ground running given they were replacing highly influential names in Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, who both left the club.
It’s not often players or managers get much time to prove themselves in modern football but it seems Morata and Bakayoko will have a bit more time.
Few would have expected Salah or De Bruyne to have the careers they’ve had, so who knows what these two could achieve if shown a little faith and patience?
Rumors: Blues ‘agree’ to Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale swap deal
CHELSEA are prepared to negotiate with Real Madrid over swapping Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale this summer.
That’s according to well known Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda.
Real Madrid are expected to renew their interest in Eden Hazard when the transfer window reopens but Chelsea are not willing to let their prized asset leave without getting something in return.
Gareth Bale’s time at Real Madrid appears to be coming to an end with Zinedine Zidane thought to be keen to move him on.
And Inda says both parties are willing to negotiate a swap deal involving the two superstars.
“Chelsea would be willing to do the Hazard operation with Real Madrid if Gareth Bale enters,” Inda revealed.
“Real Madrid or Chelsea could have to give money to close the operation, but the priorities of the two parties have been clear.”
Spanish publication OkDiario say Chelsea have ‘agreed’ to part with Hazard providing they land Welshman Bale in a deal.
Bale has been with Madrid since his £85m switch from Tottenham in 2013 but injuries have made his time in the capital difficult at times.
A disastrous defence of their La Liga title this season will see club president Florentino Perez fund Zidane with a major summer spending spree.
And Bale looks to be one of the high-profile casualties to be forced out the door.
Despite Bale’s problems with injuries, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United still believe he can be a hit in the Premier League once again and are willing to offer him a way out of the Bernabeu.
Hazard, meanwhile, has continued to raise doubts about his future in London by refusing to sign a new contract beyond his current deal that expires in 2020.
The 27-year-old recently admitted he would not think about his future until after the World Cup with Belgium.
“Look, I’m going to finish the season first, then play the World Cup and then I’ll leave on holiday,” Hazard said.
“We’ll see what happens next. I haven’t thought about it yet; I have another two years’ contract with Chelsea.
“I am very happy. I just think about the end of the season and the World Cup.”