Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has revealed star winger Eden Hazard could leave the Blues during the summer transfer window. Meanwhile, Loic Remy is still being courted on transfer deadline day, and Spanish rumours indicate Chelsea are looking at Real Madrid youngster Borja Mayoral.
Speaking to reporters after Sunday's big FA Cup triumph over MK Dons, Hiddink urged Hazard to stay in west London, but he admitted the Belgian could leave this summer, per Goal.com's Tom Maston: "It’s not up to me – it’s up to the club. My advice to Eden is he could be a Chelsea great for years to come – but he could leave in the summer. He’s of big value to Chelsea – a very important player, a nice player. But he’s been struggling with injuries for a while now."
The 25-year-old is enduring a nightmare season with Chelsea, scoring his first goal in months during the 5-1 win over MK Dons. He has been widely linked with a move to Real Madrid, where new coach Zinedine Zidane has already confessed he's a big fan, per Jeremy Cross and Paul Brown of the Daily Star.
Hazard's poor form will complicate any potential deal, as clubs won't be willing to spend the kind of money Chelsea would hope to get for one of their biggest stars unless he improves drastically. Former Chelsea star Joe Cole thinks he'll be back to his best soon, however, as he told Bleacher Report's Garry Hayes:
I can't doubt that he won't be back to his best soon. Every footballer experiences difficult times, but he's a great character and a top, top player.
Eden was a fantastic guy. I know he's been injured recently and he'll be hurting because of that. No player likes spending time on the sidelines, so if Guus can get him fit and ready, feeling good about himself, he'll be back to form in no time.
Losing Hazard during the summer would be a big blow for the Blues at a time when they can ill afford it. The 2015-16 campaign will likely finish without any silverware or a spot in next year's UEFA Champions League, and a strong summer window will be needed.
Getting rid of last year's PFA Player of the Year would be a bad place to start, so expect the Blues to fight to keep the Belgian at the club.
Elsewhere, Leicester City are reportedly not as interested in out-of-favour forward Remy as initially reported, and that could leave Newcastle United as the most likely destination for the Frenchman, per Sky Sports (h/t the Independent's George Cooper).
Remy is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge after Chelsea landed Alexandre Pato on loan in January, but it's unclear where he'll end up at this point. Leicester City were previously seen as the favourites to land him, and with the Magpies closing in on Seydou Doumbia, things look even more complicated, per Artur Petrosyan of Sport-Express.ru:
CSKA confirmed Seydou Doumbia is a medical away from signing with Newcastle. It's the case when it doesn't mean he'll pass it though.— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) February 1, 2016
The former Queens Park Rangers star never became more than a back-up with the Blues, even after starter Diego Costa struggled during the first months of the 2015-16 season, and a move shouldn't come as a major surprise.
He previously showed he's more than capable of leading an attack on his own during a stint with Newcastle, and with UEFA Euro 2016 coming up during the summer, Remy needs to play more consistent minutes to have any chance of making the French team.
Chelsea are taking a risk moving a veteran, experienced depth option, but if Pato and Costa can stay healthy, the club shouldn't have any issues at the position moving forward.
Finally, Fichajes.net (h/t Metro's Jamie Sanderson) claim Chelsea are looking to sign teenage star Mayoral, who is yet to sign a new contract with Real Madrid and could become a free agent during the summer.
The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Real's academy in years and has looked mighty impressive playing for Castilla. He has already made his debut for the senior side as well. Here's a look at some of his highlights:
Signing him as a free agent would be a fantastic move for Chelsea, but a deal is unlikely. Per the Sunday People (h/t the Daily Star's Rhys Turrell), Real are preparing a new contract to make sure his future plays out at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.