The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.
Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Wednesday.
Real Madrid have made contact with Chelsea star Eden Hazard over a summer transfer, according to Express.
Hazard has reportedly rejected a new long-term contract from the Blues, as he wants to wait until the end of the season to see if Los Blancos table a bid for his services.
The 27-year-old is said to be one of Real Madrid’s prime summer transfer targets, as they bid to bolster their attacking options after a poor 2017/18 campaign.
While Hazard is happy under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, it is believed he is ready for a change after nearly six seasons at Stamford Bridge.
With Madrid set to ramp up their attempts to sign a number of key players during the summer transfer window, it looks unlikely they will fork out over £100 million on Hazard.
Although he would add even more pace and class to a star-studded attack at the Bernabeu, Chelsea and Conte will do what they can to keep hold of their prized asset for next season.
ARSENAL COULD LOSE STAR TRIO
Mesut Ozil’s mammoth new contract could result in Arsenal losing key men Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, according to the Daily Mail.
The German’s new contract is reportedly up to £350,000-per-week, a deal which has doubled the wage paremeters at the Emirates Stadium.
Similarly, new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitryan are earning close to £200,000 per week.
Wales star Ramsey underlined his importance with a hat-trick against Everton at the weekend and with 18 months remaining on his contract, the North London club will have to give Ramsey a massive pay rise or risk losing him to another club.
While Wilshere has proved himself in recent months, he will most likely have to take a pay cut if he wants to stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the season.
It will be more difficult for Welbeck to bargain a bigger contract as his position is weaker, with the former Man United player only a back-up option in attack.
Wenger will be eager to hold on to his players – but may opt to sell the trio, rather than give into their demands.
Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra appears set for a return to the Premier League with West Ham, according to reports.
Evra saw his contract with Marseille terminated by mutual consent in November following the French defender’s seven-month ban from UEFA competitions.
The 36-year-old was dismissed prior to the start of the Europa League tie at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes after clashing with a Marseille fan.
Despite his ban from UEFA competitions, Evra remains free to play in domestic fixtures.
Evra worked under current West Ham manager David Moyes when he was in charge at Manchester United.
It has been widely reported Evra is set to agree a deal with the east London club until the end of the season.
West Ham did not reply when contacted for comment by Press Association Sport on Tuesday evening.
Former France defender Evra, a five-time Premier League winner and who lifted the Champions League with United in 2008, joined Juventus after leaving Old Trafford in 2014.
Evra went on to win the Serie A title twice before returning to France with Marseille during January 2017.
Neymar only moved to PSG last summer from Barcelona, but has been dogged by speculation that he could leave for Real Madrid at the end of the season. However, Fernandez poured cold water on the rumours, saying the record signing wants to win trophies with his current club.
“I would put my hand in the fire that Neymar will not leave,” Fernandez said.
“If PSG has brought in Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe it’s for them to win here and not leave. Neymar is eager to succeed here and bring titles. The club president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] and the fans are with Neymar.”
Much of the speculation has been a result of reports that Neymar doesn’t get along with his PSG teammates, especially after a spat with Edinson Cavani over who would get to take a penalty. But it is a school of thought that both Neymar and the club have dismissed, and indeed, the relationship with Cavani seems to have settled.
“He is very happy, very comfortable here with his teammates,” Fernandez said. “When you see him play, you don’t see what is being reported. He is eager to succeed here.
“There were reports that he had a problem with [Edinson] Cavani but those are just stories and you can see on the pitch by how they play together [and] how they pass each other the ball that this is not true.
“All of his teammates and everyone knows that Neymar is the top player and that is how it is. I see Neymar being the one that guides the team, that triumphs here.”