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Gossip: Hazard Rumours Resurface; Plus The Latest On Sanchez, Coutinho & More

Eden Hazard is desperate to quit Chelsea and force a move to La Liga, while Arsenal have received a £25million bid for Alex Oxlade-Chambe…


Eden Hazard is desperate to quit Chelsea and force a move to La Liga, while Arsenal have received a £25million bid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to Wednesday’s papers.

PSG to step up Sanchez pursuit
Arsene Wenger has reiterated the line that Alexis Sanchez is not for sale throughout the summer, but the Independent reports that Paris Saint-Germain will make a staggering move in excess of £80 million, just weeks after smashing the world record in a £200 million move for Neymar.

The Ligue 1 giants remain in the market for a striker and are continuing to monitor Kylian Mbappe, but Sanchez remains a top target.

The Chilean is believed to be prepared to stay after the Gunners’ determination to keep him, despite just one year remaining on his deal.

After recently knocking back a new deal worth £250,000 per week to extend his stay at the Emirates, PSG would offer £400,000 per week in a bid to persuade Sanchez to opt for them over Manchester City. But Sanchez’s desire to work with Pep Guardiola is such that City are believed to be able to agree to terms short of the Gunners’ new contract offer.

Hazards Wants Move
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has told Zinedine Zidane he wants to join Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The European champions are looking for reinforcements this summer and have been linked with moves for Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.

But hopes of a deal for Mbappe appear to have receded following claims he wants a move to PSG, while Barcelona remain frontrunners in the race to sign Dortmund star Dembele.

But they could have more luck if they pursue a deal for Hazard after Spanish outlet Don Balon, via the Daily Express, claimed Hazard has now told Real that, if they focused on signing him instead, he would force a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Hazard, who is rated at £100million by Chelsea, has won the Premier League twice with the Blues but has long harboured hopes of plying his trade at La Liga’s biggest club.

And, for this reason, he is willing to do everything to ensure he moves to Real.

City Make Ambitious Busquet Move
Manchester City have reportedly contacted Barcelona in an ambitious bid to bring Sergio Busquets to the Etihad Stadium.

Having made an enquiry last season, Pep Guardiola has renewed his interest in signing his former midfield maestro, according to reports in Spain. Together, the pair won 14 trophies in four seasons at the Nou Camp.

And now Spanish radio station, Onda Cera, have claimed that City have contacted Barcelona about the possibility of a summer transfer.

City are likely to be in the market for a new holding midfielder following the sale of €5.25million sale of Fernando to Galatasaray.

Conte To Make Controversial Move For Rose
Antonio Conte is looking to make a controversial move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, the Sun reports, with Chelsea likely to make a bid of £40 million after failing in their attempt to sign Juventus star Alex Sandro.

The Old Lady reportedly knocked back a £60 million offer for their Brazilian, which could have exceeded the £50 million spent by Manchester City on Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker.

Spurs will be resistant to losing both their star full-backs in one window, particularly one to their bitter rivals off the back of losing to the Blues in the title race.

Chelsea want to sway the England international by offering to double his £65,000 per week wages, reigniting their interest two years since they first started tracking the Leeds United product.

Saints To Stay Strong Over Van Dijk
Southampton are prepared to let Virgil van Dijkspend a season in the reserves rather than allow him to join Liverpool, according to the Express.

The Dutch defender has pleaded with Saints to consider offers for him, with the Reds previously making contact before a public dispute ended a potential deal.

While the former Celtic star would seemingly still be keen on moving to Anfield, Saints have seemingly ruled out such a move, hoping for Chelsea to register an interest.

The report includes a source at Southampton, who claims the club would “happily let him sit in the stands all season [rather than sell to Liverpool],” which would prove to be an incredibly bold move.

Chelsea Make £25 Million Swoop For Chamberlain
Chelsea have tabled a £25 million offer for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the Mail claiming that the Blues are stepping up their efforts to sign the England international with just weeks remaining of the transfer window.

The Gunners’ star has just one year left on his contract, but the club will be resistant to selling to their rivals and could risk losing the player for free as a result.

Conte believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain can blossom into an exceptional wing-back in his 3-4-3 system, while Arsene Wenger has been utilising him in that role since replicating the system toward the end of the past season.

Others 
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hoping to secure a Manchester United return… That is according to The Guardian, which claims the free agent has told Jose Mourinho he would he would like to play again for the club if he can prove his fitness after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in April.

Neymar may have to wait until after Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to Guingamp on Sunday to make his debut as the Ligue de Football Professionnel has still not received his international transfer certificate from Spain’s La Liga following his move from Barcelona. 

Watford are closing in on a deal to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray, BBC Sportsays, with the Hornets due to pay £18.5 million for his services after seeing two previous bids rejected.

Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo, Sky Sports is claiming, with the Premier League champions having reportedly scouted the defender while he was representing Portugal at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship.

While on the subject of Kylian Mbappe, some reports in France claim Paris Saint-Germain have already submitted a bid to Monaco for the forward…

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a €155 million offer for Kylian Mbappe and pair him up with Neymar after the Monaco forward decided that his future lies in the French capital, according to Telefoot. Mbappe has also been strongly linked with Real Madrid, but has apparently given his preference to PSG.

Arsene Wenger has ruled Alexis Sanchez out of Arsenal’s Premier League opener with Leicester on Friday due to an abdominal strain and said he is likely to be “out for a while.” Just a smokescreen to allow Sanchez to push through a move to Paris Saint-Germain, I wonder? Full story.

Steven Gerrard believes Philippe Coutinho will have to create “war” if he is to leave Liverpool for Barcelona this summer. “It comes down to Coutinho and his decision and what he’s prepared to do, what type of war he’s prepared to create to get out, because Liverpool won’t make it easy for him,” he said. Full story.

Ousmane Dembele could well be pushing for a move to Barcelona, according to his social media accounts, with the France international having removed the words “Borussia Dortmund player” from his bio…

Sticking with Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo’s front page today states that Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele will cost them €150 million… Barca swiftly moving on from Neymar, it seems.

Barcelona have agreed a £108.8 million deal with Liverpool to sign Philippe Coutinho, The Sun reports, with an initial fee of £81.6m being paid by the Catalan club, as well as a further £27.2m in add-ons. 

While Jose Mourinho has had his say on Gareth Bale, Diario Gol is claiming that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told the Manchester United manager that the Wales international is for sale after all

Inter Milan are looking to gazump rivals Roma in the pursuit of Riyad Mahrez, according to the Mirror.

Luciano Spalletti’s side will top the Giallorossi’smost recent £32 million bid, with Inter keen to add another wide player.

The Foxes are likely to fail in their quest to sign Jonny Evans, as the Northern Ireland international is happy at West Brom.

Juventus have made Emre Can their prime midfield target, reports Corriere dello Sport, with the Liverpool star preferred to Blaise Matuidi and Steven N’Zonzi.

The Old Lady have offered €25 million, but the Reds want €30 million for the 23-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his contract.