Chelsea Agree to Sign Explosive £70m Goalscoring Machine to Replace Hazard

Chelsea are already planning for Eden Hazard’s potential exit this summer and have made Unai Emery’s target Nicolas Pepe their top choice to replace him – though face significant competition from Arsenal.

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The Belgian winger is out of contract in 2020 and has so far rebuffed talks over an extension, with the west London club now fearing they will have to cash in should Real Madrid make an acceptable offer this summer.

Hazard is top of Zinedine Zidane’s wish list as he looks to reinvigorate Real’s squad after a disappointing campaign domestically and in Europe, while the attacker would be keen to play under the Frenchman.

That has prompted Chelsea to draw up a list of replacements, and, according to the Mirror, Lille star Pepe – who has scored 19 goals in Ligue 1 this season – is their number one target.

However, the Blues face an enormous amount of competition for the Ivory Coast international, who has been valued at £70million by his club.

Bayern Munich are believed to have already held talks with Pepe’s camp, while Arsenal have been tracking the 23-year-old for a long time, with axed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat a huge fan.

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The problem for Chelsea is that they do not yet know if they will be banned from making transfers this summer, giving rivals a big head start over any transfer.

Interestingly, Hazard himself joined Chelsea from Lille and Pepe is enjoying a season to rival the Belgian; the latter has scored or assisted 30 league goals this season, while Hazard was involved in 36 in his final campaign in France.

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