Eden Hazard headlines our rumour mill as Chelsea plan new contract to ward off Real Madrid interest

David Cooper - Writer 10:27 27/02/2018
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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 Tuesday.


Chelsea are ready to make the Belgian playmaker the highest-paid player in the club’s history, in a move which should end speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. According to the Daily Mail, the Blues will offer the 27-year-old £300,000-a-week to ensure he commits his long-term future to Stamford Bridge. This, however, is despite the fact his current deal runs until 2020. Los Blancos have been monitoring the mercurial No10 for a great length of time but were reluctant to come up with a world-record transfer deal, close to £200m, to sign him last summer.

Eden Hazard

Hazard has netted 15 goals in 37 appearances this season.


The Canadian star is set to return home with both Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal vying for his signature at the end of the season, according to The Sun. The Scotland-born Burnley midfielder, who has been a key part of Sean Dyche’s men this campaign, is out of contract in June and wants to experience playing in the Great White North for the first time in his career. Arfield’s dynamic presence in the middle of the park will be a significant loss for the Clarets and it is reported he could pen a designated player contract in Canada, meaning either the Whitecaps or Montreal could sign the 29-year-old, despite the likelihood his annual salary would be outside of their salary cap.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Scott Arfield of Burnley evades Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Scott Arfield has been a key man during Burnley’s impressive season.


Los Blancos are ready to re-sign their former midfielder, who is currently plying his trade with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. The defensive midfield star, who started his career at the Whites aged just 17 and made his one and only appearance for the first-team in 2013, is set to return to the Bernabeu as Madrid exercise their €4m buyback option. Those terms were agreed two summers ago, with Real hierarchy now being satisfied the 25-year-old has grown in stature and that the deal represents value for money. According to Marca, Mascarell will train with the Spanish giants in the summer before finalising the switch.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 10: Omar Mascarell of Frankfurt (r) fights for the ball with Marco Hoeger of Koeln during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Koeln at Commerzbank-Arena on February 10, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Omar Mascarell has proved himself as a talent in Germany.


Borussia Dortmund are ready to beat Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich to sign Bordeaux frontman Malcom, by using transfer funds worth £55m that they received for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in January. The 21-year-old forward, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham, is said to be keen to join the Black and Yellows. Malcom has netted eight Ligue 1 goals for the mid-table outfit this season but is desperate to test himself in the Champions League. Dortmund, have course, also have money in their coffers following last summer’s sale of Ousmane Dembele.

Highly-rated: Malcom.

Highly-rated: Malcom.


The AC Milan midfielder has revealed it is his dream to play in the Premier League with Manchester United. Kessie is a rising star in the game, who is currently enjoying a two-year loan deal from Atalanta with the San Siro side, has, according to Sky Sports, already given a huge indication of his future ambitions. The midfielder has been in a rich vein of form this term, scoring four goals and creating four assists for the Italian giants. However, at this point in time, it looks unlikely he will be leaving the Rossoneri unless a big-money bid comes in to his parent club.

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