Chelsea News Summary: Replacement For Hazard, Transfer Blow, Prolific Ligue 1 Forward on Radar

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27-year-old Chelsea target addresses transfer speculations

Chelsea long-term target Callum Wilson has insisted that he is “happy” at Bournemouth amid interest from hosts of European teams.

England international star has impressed this summer and hosts of teams in the Premier League are in the hunt for his services after the season ends.

The Blues are expected to make a move for a new striker at the end of the current campaign and have been rumoured with Callum Wilson, who has found back of the net 12 times for the Cherries this season.

The 27-year-old forward has revealed that he has aspirations of playing in Europe’s most elite competition, Champions League, however, is currently ‘focused’ on his job at the Cherries.

“I signed a long-term contract, I’m happy down there – I’m playing football,” he told the Daily Star. I’m happiest when I’m on the pitch. I never want to go and sort of be somewhere that I’m not going to play.

“I never want to see myself not playing at Bournemouth even, being on the bench and things like that. Any player has aspirations to play for their country, like I’ve managed to do thankfully, and play in the Champions League – different big occasions and big stages.

“I’ve been linked (with big clubs) from a young age when I’m doing well – so I tend not to buy into it really. It can sway you off what you need to do and take away your focus.”

Wilson has managed to found back of the net 56 times in 144 games for Bournemouth since  joining them from Coventry City back in a 2014 move.

Chelsea set to make approach for prolific Ligue 1 forward

Chelsea are in the running to secure services of Arsenal long-term target Nicolas Pepe from French side Lille, according to the reports.

The 23-year-old forward is the only player in Ligue 1 to have managed to register double figures for both assists and goals this campaign, leading to interest from several top teams.

Nicholas Pepe who has managed to found back of the net 30 times and assists in the league this season, is rumoured to be on the radar of both Bayern Munich and Arsenal.

According to Telefoot, the Blues can be added to the 23-year-old’s list of possible suitors as they see him as an ideal replacement for Eden Hazard.

Lille are expecting to sell Pepe at the end of the current campaign, with president Gerard Lopez admitting this week that they will demand at least  £70m for his signature.

Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested to strengthen their offensive end and Pepe seems to be an ideal candidate.

Chelsea are currently fifth in the Premier League table 1 point behind from the third place Tottenham Hotspur, however, the Spurs have a game in hand.

If the Blues fail to finish the season on top four in the English top-tier Maurizio Sarri would still have chance to secure Champions League football by winning the Europe League trophy.

The Blues will face Slavia Prague in the Europe League second clash after a 0-1 win away in the Czech club.

Chelsea set to make summer bid for €35m-rated creative playmaker

Chelsea are interested in the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Dutch giants, Ajax this summer, according to the GGFN reports.

The West London club are believed to be among a host of the team from across the Europe who have expressed their admiration of 26-year-old attacking midfielder, who is enjoying yet another impressive season in the Eredivisie.

From 25 appearances for Ajax, Ziyech has score 15 goals. He has also chipped in with a further 15 assists in the process.

The Blues could be on the lookout for added creativity in their starting XI during the upcoming transfer window, with Eden Hazard’s future at the club under scrutiny as the Los Blancos continue to eye a deal.

The possible exit of the Belgian forward could pave the way for Ziyech to arrive. However, Chelsea may face stiff competition from elsewhere.

According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, German champions, Bayern Munich are keen to sign the €35 million-rated attacker, while Premier League trio Everton, Leicester City and Arsenal are also interested to secure his services.

Ajax have once again made headlines in the press eliminating Juventus from the Champions League 1/4 rounds after beating them 1-2 at Allianz Stadium.

Eden Hazard has been on the verge of completing his dream move to Real Madrid following the return of Zinedine Zidane in charge of the Los Blancos and the 26-year-old Ajax forward seems to be an ideal replacement for Belgian superstar.