According to the Express, Chelsea are eyeing a move for Ivan Rakitic as a replacement for the departed Cesc Fabregas. And Rakitic is one man high on the Italian’s shortlist.Spanish outlet Sport claim the Croatia international is being eyed as the replacement for Cesc Fabregas who left for Monaco this month.
The Blues have been linked with Leandro Paredes and Nicolo Barella this month but neither man is set to complete a move before Thursday’s deadline. Rakitic could choose to leave Barcelona at the end of the season. That’s after the Catalan club signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, although he won’t officially move to the Nou Camp until the summer.
Barca could also be keen to get Rakitic’s wages off their overall bill to free up funds to make more signings. In a blow to Chelsea though, Rakitic has stated he is prepared to fight for his place at Barcelona. “If I am here [at Barcelona], it’s to play,” he said. “If anything has to change, we will speak. I have a lot of confidence. I know what I can give. I know who I am. “I want to be here and, if I can renew, to be here for even more years. “I am really happy here, everyone knows it, above all the ‘Presi’ [president]. I have nothing else to say.” Rakitic has appeared 30 times for Barcelona this season. The 30-year-old has scored three goals and provided six assists in all competitions.
Asked if De Jong’s arrival could force him out, Rakitic added: “That’s a good question for the ‘Mister’ [manager] or the ‘Presi.’ “I am 30 and I am in the best moment of my career. I want to enjoy football and enjoy Barca.”
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have confirmed the loan signing of midfielder Alvaro Morata from Chelsea until the end of next season. The 26-year-old has completed the deal with Atletico after passing a medical in the Spanish capital on Sunday. Morata told Atletico’s official website: “I’m very happy and proud to be here. I can’t wait to start training, meet my new teammates and play.”
Morata started his career at Atletico’s academy before moving on to have two spells with city rivals Real. He joined Chelsea for a reported £58 million in 2017 and made an impressive start in the Premier League. But Morata has found his opportunities increasingly limited since the arrival of new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
Morata’s Stamford Bridge exit was effectively sealed last week when Sarri questioned where the player’s loyalties lay. Sarri said: “Morata is potentially a very good player. He has the characteristics for playing in my team, but one month ago he said he wanted to play for another team. “It was very difficult for him to give us 100 per cent because of his mental situation. ”
EPL: Chelsea finally tell Real Madrid how much to pay for Hazard
Real Madrid will have to pay a huge amount to sign forward, Eden Hazard, away from Premier League giants, Chelsea this summer.
The Spanish giants are eyeing Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who after nine years, left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in an £88million deal last summer.
According to Belgian outlet, HLN, Chelsea wants at least £98.5million for Hazard after rejecting Real Madrid’s opening offer for the 28-year-old.
Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.
The Belgium international has so far refused to sign a new long-term deal with Chelsea as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract at Stamford Bridge.
FA Cup semi-final fixtures revealed [See full draw]
Manchester City will play Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
City came from two goals down to defeat Swansea City in the quarter-final on Saturday, while Brighton needed extra time to see off Millwall today.
Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers, who eliminated Manchester United yesterday.
The games will take place over the weekend of April 6.
Both fixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium.
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