The Belgian winger is out of contract in 2020 and has up to now rebuffed talks over an extension, with the west London membership now fearing they can have to money in ought to Real Madrid make a suitable provide this summer time.
Hazard is prime of Zinedine Zidane’s want record as he appears to be like to reinvigorate Actual’s squad after a disappointing marketing campaign domestically and in Europe, whereas the attacker can be eager to play below the Frenchman.
That has prompted Chelsea to draw up an inventory of replacements, and, in accordance to the Mirror, Lille star Pepe – who has scored 19 objectives in Ligue 1 this season – is their primary goal.
Nevertheless, the Blues face an infinite quantity of competitors for the Ivory Coast worldwide, who has been valued at £70million by his membership.
Bayern Munich are believed to have already held talks with Pepe’s camp, whereas Arsenal have been monitoring the 23-year-old for a very long time, with axed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat an enormous fan.
The issue for Chelsea is that they don’t but know if they will probably be banned from making transfers this summer time, giving rivals a giant head begin over any switch.
Apparently, Hazard himself joined Chelsea from Lille and Pepe is having fun with a season to rival the Belgian; the latter has scored or assisted 30 league objectives this season, whereas Hazard was concerned in 36 in his closing marketing campaign in France.
Ought to Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League subsequent season – they are presently in fifth place within the Premier League – Hazard will nearly definitely push to be a part of Actual Madrid.