Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Eden Hazard, Demba Ba, Didier Drogba and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2014

Chelsea's Eden Hazard takes a shot during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between PSG and Chelsea, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Backed by Russian owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea are traditionally one of the busier teams in any transfer window, and the summer of 2014 figures to be no different.

A third-place finish in the Premier League and a UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance would constitute a solid season for most clubs, but the Blues aren't just any club.

Any team coached by Jose Mourinho is expected to win silverware on a consistent basis and following a trophy-less 2013-14 campaign, reinforcements are surely on the way.

Here's the latest transfer news coming out of Stamford Bridge this week.


Eden Hazard

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Paris Saint-Germain's Laurent Blanc is reportedly still in love with the Belgian international, but he told reporters he "can love a player, knowing full well I cannot have him," according to The Daily Mail's Matthew Morlidge.

The French manager was asked about Hazard during a press conference and singled out the winger as a player PSG admire, explaining:

A player who an eliminate three, four players at any time a game is something else.

We do not know what to expect with these players. They destabilise the opponent.

Of course. There is also a Plan C. We will first focus on the areas of game where you want to recruit and propose three solutions. We know we want Plan A [Hazard].

Hazard enjoyed a phenomenal season in the British capital, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award and developing into Chelsea's main driving force in the attacking third.

Any move for the winger would involve a substantial transfer fee, and as shared by Ligue 1's Matt Spiro, the club's recent Financial Fair Play sanctions mean PSG would have to sacrifice other deals to land Hazard this summer:

Get French Football shared a claim by RMC that Hazard likes the idea of a move to PSG, but Chelsea have no intention of letting the player leave:

Hazard is just 23 years old, and with the FFP sanctions and the player's importance to Chelsea in mind, a move during the summer seems unlikely. Mourinho is turning his Chelsea squad into a formidable outfit and looks set to build further around Hazard, so any move for the player would have to involve a record-breaking fee.


Demba Ba

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The striker from Senegal looked set to leave the club this summer, but following a few vital goals late in the season, the promise to receive more minutes has prompted the player to state he intends to stay at the club, via The Daily Star's George Scott:

Jose Mourinho has asked me to stay at Chelsea next season. He assured me that my situation would change.

I see this as my reward from God. I weighed up the pros and cons, and think that I will stay put to see what happens.

I don't know whether my situation will improve, but what with the coach's offer anything can happen. I want to play a lot of matches, and I think that will be the case for me.

Chelsea are still in the market for a top striker, with Sky Sports claiming a deal has been agreed for Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, while Romelu Lukaku could return from a very successful loan spell with Everton.

But it never hurts to have some depth at the striker position, and Ba has proven himself to be a serviceable option when called upon. Per, the Senegalese was only given five Premier League starts and was subbed into 14 more matches, somewhat explaining his meagre tally of five league goals.

What matters most are the goals that truly count, however, and his goals against PSG and Liverpool were season-defining moments for Mourinho and his men.

Ba deserves to get another season with the Blues, and as it stands, it looks like that's exactly what he'll get.


Didier Drogba

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The former Chelsea striker is reportedly considering a move to Juventus, and while plenty of fans questioned whether the Bianconeri would be interested in the services of the 36-year-old, Fiat president John Elkann told La Gazzetta Dello Sport he is "not too old" for the club, as reported by ESPN FC's Ben Gladwell.

Elkann compared him to another great striker, saying: "Roger Milla was not a kid when he managed to surprise everybody with Cameroon."

Drogba's former coach Cenk Ergun, meanwhile, told Italian news outlet, "Juventus are a possibility" for the player, who is looking for one final shot at Champions League glory and has reportedly identified the Bianconeri as his best chance.

Juventus' attacking partnership of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez really caught fire late in the season, and both players look set to continue starting for the club in the 2014-15 campaign.

Drogba could be a solid option for the Italian champions as an experienced veteran, however, something the team lacks in attack.

This deal looks like it could be completed at some point next week, so the chances of a reunion between Drogba and his old club Chelsea seem bleak, for now.


David Luiz

The Telegraph's Joe Hare claims Chelsea and PSG have agreed on a £40 million fee for the Brazilian defender.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson claims the French media are yet to report on the news, indicating the story could be false or the fee could be well off the mark:

Luiz has the potential to be one of the world's best centre-backs, and he has already shown that a partnership with Thiago Silva can be deadly playing for the Brazilian national team.

But the defender is prone to errors and mental lapses and often struggles for consistency, as a result, £40 million would seem to be an excessive fee, to say the least.

Luiz also isn't the only top centre-back on the market, as Johnson suggested:

Mehdi Benatia would present Les Bleus with a more consistent option at centre-back, and one that would cost far less than the reported fee English sources are quoting. Benatia would be the second top defender moving from Roma to PSG, as Marquinhos is also still an option on the bench for the French champions.

Luiz may very well end up at PSG, but at this point in time, the fee being quoted seems too good to be true for the Blues. PSG have options on the bench in Marquinhos and in the transfer market with Benatia, so expect any negotiations between the French outfit and Chelsea to result in the reported transfer fee going down.



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