Welcome back to Football Transfer News by Last Word on Football. In this edition, we take a closer look at the latest goings-on in the futures of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Matteo Darmian of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar and Napoli defender Elseid Heysaj.
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Hazard Move Reportedly Begun
Despite Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri publically declaring that contract talks were underway with Eden Hazard, Onda Madrid are claiming that Real Madrid have agreed personal terms with the Belgian winger.
While this would be a big step in the long-running saga, it’s still far from its conclusion. The same report claims that Chelsea are holding out for €170 million, a fee that Madrid are unwilling to pay. Instead, Los Blancos are eyeing a deal that involves the part-exchange of Mateo Kovacic, who is currently on loan at Stamford Bridge from Madrid.
Darmian Could Return to Italy
Matteo Darmian has hardly made a mark on the Premier League since his arrival in 2015. Often used as a scapegoat by United fans for poor performances, Inter Milan could be about to offer the Italy international an escape.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are eyeing up the United man as an alternative to Croatia’s Sime Vrsjalko, who has had a slow start to the Serie A season.
The move would put to an end a rather poor few years for Darmian and would allow Jose Mourinho to, once again, re-shape his defence at Old Trafford and bring in some new talent, or allow more game time to youngster Diogo Dalot.
Neymar Hints at Premier League Move
PSG forward Neymar has hinted that he would be open to a Premier League move during his career. In a video posted to the player’s official YouTube channel, he said: “We don’t know how tomorrow will be, but I believe that every great player, at least one day, has to play on the Premier League.”
Manchester United have been linked with the Brazilian in the past but may not have the funds to complete the move. Manchester City would appear to be the only club financially capable of signing Neymar but, with their recent FFP investigations, they may steer clear.
Heysaj Another Napoli Target For Sarri
After arriving at Chelsea from Napoli with their playmaker, Jorginho, Maurizio Sarri is now targetting another player from Gli Azzurri.
Albania international Elseid Heysaj has a €50 million release clause according to Calcio Mercato but is the next target in Sarri’s overhaul at Chelsea. The defender would likely go into his usual right-back slot, pushing Cesar Azpilicueta, who recently signed a new deal, into left-back, leaving Marcos Alonso with a decision to make regarding his future.
This is reportedly the third time that Chelsea have attempted to sign the 24-year old but, with Sarri and Jorginho now at the club as well, Napoli may find it a much harder task to refuse the move to Heysaj.