World Football Gossip Roundup: Hazard, Hulk, Ivanovic, Van Persie, Kagawa

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMay 29, 2012

World Football Gossip Roundup: Hazard, Hulk, Ivanovic, Van Persie, Kagawa

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    The Eden Hazard transfer saga has finally reached its conclusion. At least, we think it has.

    Hazard appears to be heading to Chelsea, and we're all sure that's the very end of it.

    But that's not all for Chelsea: Several players are being linked in and out of the club this summer.

    We've got all the details on Chelsea's latest spending spree, along with more on Robin van Persie, Alberto Aquilani and Shinji Kagawa.

    Read on for more.

Eden Hazard Latest

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    As you've no doubt heard by now, Chelsea apparently have won the race for Belgian midfielder and uber-transfer-target Eden Hazard.

    Hazard, 21, announced on his Twitter account Monday that he would be joining the "champion's (sic) league winner."

    Then the details started leaking out all over the place.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea will pay £78 million total for Hazard, including transfer fee and wages.

    Below is Hazard's now-famous Tweet:

    I'm signing for the champion's league winner.

    — Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) May 28, 2012

What's Next for Chelsea?

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    Chelsea's next move, according to this Daily Telegraph article, is to pursue Porto's Brazilian attacker Hulk.

    Hulk's contract reportedly has a €100 million buyout clause, but Chelsea expect to sign him for around £30 million, according to the article.

    Meanwhile, club owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly convinced Spanish forward Fernando Torres to stay.

    Also, 30-year-old goalkeeper Petr Cech has signed a four-year contract extension, according to

Barca After Ivanovic?

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    One player who could be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer is defender Branislav Ivanovic.

    The 28-year-old Serbian confirmed Real Madrid's interest Sunday, and now the Daily Mail is reporting that Barca have entered the race.

    Ivanovic is valued around £23 million.

RvP Latest

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    The latest word in the Robin van Persie contract saga is that everyone wants the Dutch striker to stay at Arsenal.

    Everyone in his family at least. And at least that's what The Sun is reporting.

    “Arsenal love him and that’s a great incentive to stay. Arsenal are a fantastic club," the player's mother reportedly said. “They have no debts and Robin is idolised there.”

    And in a quote that feels recycled, Van Persie's wife reportedly said: “Arsenal showed faith in Robin when he was going through a lean time, so we should not repay them by thinking about other clubs. Our home life and our children are happy in London.”

Haggling over Aquilani?

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    It turns out AC Milan want Alberto Aquilani after all.

    The Italian giants, you see, are only trying to talk down his price.

    According to reports cited by talkSPORT, Milan want to sign Aquilani permanently, but they also want to pay less than Liverpool's £7 million valuation.

    Aquilani, a 27-year-old midfielder, spent the entire season at AC Milan on loan from Liverpool.

Drogba to Real?

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    Out-of-contract Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could be set for a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho.

    That's according to the Daily Mail, which claims Real Madrid have held talks with Drogba's people over a two-year contract.

    Drogba, 34, is leaving Chelsea this summer after eight years with the London club.

Kagawa Deal Close?

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    Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa is close to signing for Manchester United from German champions Borussia Dortmund, according to German reports.

    ESPN Soccernet cites the reports, passing along the word that Kagawa could sign for an initial €15 million. The fee could rise to €22 million based on incentives.

Inter After Mertens?

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    Inter Milan are chasing Belgian international Dries Mertens, according to

    Mertens, a 25-year-old winger, joined PSV for about €6.5 million last summer, and suggests Inter would need to pay about €15 million to sign him.


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