After winning his third consecutive Champions League winners’ medal, Zinedine Zidane shocked the footballing world by resigning just five days after Los Blancos’ 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev. Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino were the original front-runners but with both managers ruling themselves out, the Spanish giants turned to Antonio Conte.
Speculation linking Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea has intensified this week, with reports suggesting the Poland international could be heading to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he is “certain” to return to Madrid one day – and it is looking increasingly likely that it will happen at the end of the season.
Real Madrid are sensationally set to offer Chelsea the services of Welsh international winger Gareth Bale as part of a swap deal for long-time target Eden Hazard.
Eden Hazard has rejected a fresh contract extension at Chelsea in an attempt to engineer a move to Real Madrid, the star’s father has revealed.
As we get ever closer to the Premier League’s busy festive schedule, it also means the January transfer window will be returning. One top-flight side who usually do plenty of business in January is Chelsea and they are often linked with some of the world’s top players. This season looks like it will be no different and this time, it’s Real Madrid youngster, Marco Asensio. The Spanish midfielder has reportedly kicked up a fuss about his lack of playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu and will join the Blues if his demands of more time on the pitch aren’t met at Real Madrid.
Chelsea have already lost star striker Diego Costa in the last few months and could be about to lose David Luiz, both due to public bust-ups with Antonio Conte. However, the Blues could be on the verge of being forced into the sale of another key player; a transfer that won’t be because of their Italian boss.
On his day, you would be pushed to find a better player in the Premier League than Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger signed for Chelsea back in the summer of 2012 for £32 million and ever since he made the decision to sign for the then-Champions League holders, there has been apparent interest from Real Madrid.
Former Blues’ striker Fernando Torres has praised Alvaro Morata’s strong start to life at Stamford Bridge, proclaiming the Chelsea forward to be “one of the best” in the world.
The astronomical wages earned by footballers is a topic that is subject to countless debate. Are our favourite athletes being overpaid for kicking a ball around a pitch? Or are they being justly rewarded for helping entertain and unite millions of people around the world, as well as generating big business for their clubs?
The Premier League was once again the heaviest-spending league in world football this summer, as clubs from England went on to spend a combined total of £1.43 billion on bolstering their sides.
Serie A clubs have also dug deep over the last few months, with a total spend of £735 million. AC Milan, in particular, spent heavily as they seek to re-establish themselves as giants of Italian football; they signed Leonardo Bonucci for a whopping £37.30 million.
Below are the most expensive players of the summer transfer window 2017. Although these sums of money may seem enormous, as the fees sides pay become perpetually higher, there are bound to be players that cost significantly more over the coming years.
5. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco to Manchester City – £51.75 million)
Mendy was a surprise package for Monaco last season as they went on to surprisingly win the French Ligue 1 and qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League. Pep Guardiola knows that he will need to win silverware this season with City or he could risk being sacked and so brought the left back to his side to improve their trophy chances.
4. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid to Chelsea – £55.8 million)
With Diego Costa having being deemed to surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte during the summer, Chelsea needed a new main striker for this season and they opted to sign Spanish international Morata from Real Madrid.
3. Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United – £76.23 million)
Lukaku made clear his desire to leave Everton and play in the Champions League this season. His wish was eventually granted as he joined United this summer. This was also the most expensive transfer to take place in the English Premier League. The Belgian will be expected to spearhead United’s attack.
2. Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona – £94.5 million)
Barcelona desperately needed to bolster their attack after losing Neymar to PSG. They opted to recruit Dembele from Dortmund, who is arguably one of the best up-and-coming talents in world football.
1. Neymar (Barcelona to PSG – £199.8 million)
Cash-rich Paris St-Germain proved that they meant business by triggering Neymar’s astronomical release clause. They will hope that he can help them reach their goal of winning the Champions League.