A rather busy day and evening of events amongst Chelsea officials yesterday . There was some activity with three of our transfer targets and one being pretty much completed.
As we reported yesterday, Eden’s brother, Thorgan Hazard announced on his Facebook that he would be joining Chelsea and it will be confirmed officially today. Shortly after this our report was confirmed. Hazard will follow in the footsteps of Eden and his employers appear to have accepted the move is inevitable.
Len’s director Antoine Sibierski told his club’s official website on Thursday: “It should be official tomorrow. (When I arrived) there was no intention of letting him go and I met him very quickly after my arrival to show my confidence in him. He still had one year left and it was proposed he extended it but he told me eye to eye that did not interest him and he wanted to leave Lens. I realised 48 hours later why, when I learned Chelsea wanted him. I understand.”
The fee is expected to be for around £2.5 million for the un-proven talent that struggled to break into Lens first team until the latter part of the season. But he certainly shows promise and signs of class. He is said to be a similar style player to Eden, but will surely be used within Chelsea’s youth and reserve ranks this season until he proves himself. Chelsea scouts feel they have spotted a talent and the low transfer fee would also have made a difference.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have made a bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to the players agent. There has been no confirmation of a fee, although Napoli are expected to want around £35 million for their prize asset and will not be keen to allow a move. But Cavani wants Chelsea, and he has been on Chelsea’s radar for months, so surely a move is inevitable if the two clubs can reach an agreement. With rumours of Lukaku going out on loan and the player being open to a loan move, surely Chelsea will be pushing for another striker, whether it be Cavani or not.
Finally, as I expected and reported yesterday, Wigan will only let winger Victor Moses join Chelsea for at least £10 million, as has been confirmed today. Director Dave Whelan values his star man at that value, and will be stubborn in letting him go for any less. But will Chelsea stretch that far for the former Enlgand youth international turned Nigerian senior international? Possibly, after all, £10 million is nothing if you judge it with our other wing targets, and I feel if we can’t get a deal done for Andre Schurrle, then we will be a bid to match Whelan’s asking price for Moses.
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Simon Phillips – News Editor