Let’s be honest, not many Chelsea fans will want Eden Hazard to leave the club this summer. However, a potential move to Real Madrid will have supporters thinking about a potential replacement – who will Antonio Conte target if the Belgium winger pushes for a move to the Santiago Bernabeu? Today, we’re taking a look at a few candidates who could be lining up for the Blues at the start of next season…
This story has been picking up pace in recent weeks and a move for the Chilean could be on the cards, especially if Arsene Wenger is offered a contract extension. Sanchez was recently quoted as being happy in London but wanting to play for ‘winners’ and the Arsenal man may consider a move across the capital if Chelsea lift the title.
Without a doubt, Sanchez would slot into Conte’s system – and his arrival would also hinder a direct title rival. If Chelsea meet Arsenal’s asking price, this deal looks plausible; which probably won’t go down well with supporters on Arsenal FanTV.
Not a ‘like for like’ replacement, but the young Frenchman looks set for a bright future at the top of European football and a move to Chelsea could tempt him away from Celtic Park. At just 20 years old, Dembele still has a lot to learn but his upside holds no boundaries; he has been by far and away the best player in the Scottish Premiership this season.
If Conte is willing to tweak his formation slightly, Dembele could slot into the starting line-up either alongside or just behind Diego Costa. The lack of competition in Scotland may tempt Dembele to move elsewhere and Chelsea will be one of the clubs on his radar…
Could Roman Abramovich break the bank for Barcelona winger Neymar? It would be typical of the Russian to sneak in with a late bid for the Brazilian this summer; particularly as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have been linked with the Barca man. Without a doubt, he is one of the very best players on the planet and he would give Chelsea a huge lift.
Neymar’s arrival would certainly soften the blow should Hazard leave, but a move away from Barcelona looks unlikely right now. The Spanish side, 9/4 to win La Liga in bet365 football betting odds, will be keen to keep hold of Neymar as they look to keep pace at the top of European football.
Abraham is perhaps Chelsea’s most exciting young prospect and the 19-year-old might find himself back at Stamford Bridge next season after a year out on loan at Bristol City. He has been phenomenal in the Championship this campaign, netting 19 goals in 33 appearances for the Robins in all competitions – an incredible achievement for somebody so young.
Conte won’t rush Abraham into the first team but he looks ready to go at the top level of English football. He wouldn’t be a direct replacement for Hazard out wide but Abraham would almost certainly do a job if needs be and he could be the perfect support to Diego Costa in attack.