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Hazard not prime yet – Higginbotham

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Hazard not prime yet – Higginbotham

Despite an impressive start to the season and an outstanding performance at the World Cup, Danny Higginbotham believes Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard is nowhere near his prime yet.

On Saturday, the Belgium international netted a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff and has now find the back of the net five times in as many Premier League appearances this campaign.

Higginbotham said he don’t believe Hazard is anywhere near his prime yet, and was optimistic that the best is yet to come from the playmaker.

Hazard is performing unbelievably well, He’s a world class player, an incredible player as well, said Higginbotham.

He is a fantastic player, no matter how many time he get kicked or fouled, he just gets on with it.

The Chelsea superstar is a player who always seem to get better and better and he is not anywhere near his prime yet, Higginbotham added.

The playmaker has remained in England after demanding not to be included in the squad for the Blues’ Europa League game away to PAOK in Greece on Thursday.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been careful not to overuse his best player, after Hazard played a key role in Belgium performance at the World Cup which saw them advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament.

In Chelsea’s first two Premier League games of the season, the Belgian started on the bench and will not be available for the Europa League Group L game in Thessaloniki, an idea fully supported by Higginbotham.

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Transfer News: Chelsea dismiss two £35m offers for Frank Lampard top choice

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Transfer News: Chelsea dismiss two £35m offers for Frank Lampard top choice

Chelsea have rejected two £35million offers from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for winger Willian.

With Chelsea starting a FIFA-forced two-window transfer ban this summer, the club are naturally hesitant to sell any player except if they totally need to.

Willian has only a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and, at 30, his worth is probably going to fall in the coming years.

Be that as it may, Chelsea’s plausible failure to adequately replace him with another signing has seen them turn down two offers of £35m from La Liga.

Sky Sports state both Barca and Atleti have held up offers for a player potential approaching Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said “could without much of a stretch play in any team on the world” in March 2018.

Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala only one year before Lampard left the club, however it is thought the 40-year-old would not have any desire to lose him if, true to form, he is named Blues boss.

Barca have a long-standing interest for Willian, offering £50m for him in January and making three offers alone the previous summer.

Frank Lampard will be a good coach if Chelsea succeeds in signing him ahead of next season.

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Transfer News: Barcelona Playmaker Wants €100M Chelsea Move

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Transfer News: Barcelona Playmaker Wants €100M Chelsea Move

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has settled on a choice on his preferred destination if he leaves the club this summer, as indicated by reports.

Coutinho hasn’t exactly been a similar player since moving to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018, just scored five goals and two assists in La Liga last season.

The attacking midfielder has been seriously connected with a move away after terrible season at Barcelona.

The two destinations referenced for Coutinho are French giants PSG and a return to the Premier League with Chelsea – and as indicated by The Daily Star, the Brazilian would prefer to join Chelsea.

Coutinho is viewed as a perfect replacement for Eden Hazard, who has already joined Real Madrid after seven seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are urgently trying to find a way freeze the transfer ban forced on them by FIFA, with the goal that they can fill the void left by Hazard’s exit.

In spite of his disappointing season, Barcelona allegedly still value Coutinho – who has also been connected with Manchester United – at around €100m.

If Chelsea see their transfer ban overturned, they would almost certainly be able to afford the fee, because of the sum they got for Hazard.

In any case, the Star’s report warns that as long as owner Roman Abramovich’s future is doubt, Chelsea might be unwilling to pay huge amount for big players.

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Transfer News: Chelsea Transfer Ban Could See Arsenal Miss Out On Getafe Star

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Transfer News: Chelsea Transfer Ban Could See Arsenal Miss Out On Getafe Star

Arsenal are apparently facing losing out on a transfer swoop for Getafe defender Djene Dakonam as Everton might be in a better position to meet his £30million asking price.

This is as per the Daily Mirror, who include that Everton’s interest looks set to be persuaded by the way that they’re hoping to see loanee Kurt Zouma come back to parent club Chelsea due to their transfer ban this summer.

It might be that Arsenal would have not been able to complete a deal for Dakonam this summer due to their limited funds, however they could sell current players to support their transfer kitty.

Either that, or the Gunners may have had the option to land the exciting Togo international in another transfer window, however the Mirror claims Everton will step up their interest to replace Zouma.

Chelsea are doing something to hurt their rivals Arsenal here, regardless of whether they’re not ready to be active in the transfer market this season because of transfer ban.

Zouma has shone on loan at Everton and would need replacing, while he could be a strong choice for the Blues in the event that they do end up not able to sign new centre-back ahead of next season.

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