Chelsea news: Real back Isco swap, Hazard sends Kante message, United transfer battle

Real Madrid would reportedly let Isco move to Chelsea in a heartbeat if it meant Eden Hazard’s price was dropped.

Chelsea are fighting to keep their talisman at the club despite his desire to move to the Bernabeu.

Hazard has been flirting with the European champions all season and the latest update came from RMC Sport when he confided that he had made a decision on his future.

The Blues are looking to tie down the Belgian with a £350,000-a-week contract but he has yet to put pen to paper.

Former Golden Boy winner Isco has the third-least minutes of any Real Madrid player under Santiago Solari.

t has led to the Spaniard complaining about a lack of opportunities, where he has been an unused sub in the last six matches.

His future has been seriously debated by Spanish media and Real could look to offload the midfielder this summer.

Chelsea have been interested in the past and the Daily Mail report that they would jettison him to London to drop Hazard’s asking price.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has implored fans for patience over N’Golo Kante, telling him he must adapt to his new role.

Maurizio Sarri arrived promising attacking, possession-based football and while it has had its successes, the pitfalls have been badly exposed already this year.

A main sticking point has been the change in midfield, which sees Jorginho at the base playing behind a duo acting as a playmaker.

In front of the Italian is either Mateo Kovacic or Ross Barkley on one side or N’Golo Kante, an ever-present on the right-hand flank.

The Frenchman has forged a career usually playing as a defensive-minded midfielder but under Sarri he has been asked to play more advanced up the pitch.

Hazard said: “N’Golo’s a clever guy, one of the best in his position, maybe the best in the world. N’Golo now plays six months in the different position.

“He needs to adapt. When we win, everyone will say, ‘Yes, he plays in his [best] position, and if we lose everyone will say, ‘No, he needs to go a bit behind’. Depends only on the result.”

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Manchester United are looking at the possibility of signing Douglas Costa but face a battle with Chelsea, according to reports.

The Red Devils have identified the positions that they are looking to strengthen at the end of the season.

But the Blues are also in the running, according to Italian publication CalcioMercato.

Chelsea are facing their own crisis on the wings, with Eden Hazard, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi all linked with moves away.

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