Nicolas Pepe of Lille might be the man to wear the big boots of Hazard if he decides to leave for Real Madrid.
Blues plan move for Nicolas Pepe.
Chelsea will reluctantly allow Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid in the summer and will target Lille star Nicolas Pepe as his replacement, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Ivory Coast winger is keen on leaving Ligue 1 in the summer although it is expected he will command a transfer fee in the region of £70 million ($91m).
Maurizio Sarri’s side are still contesting a transfer ban that would see them unable to sign players for the next two transfer windows, although Pepe is being lined up should that sanction be relaxed.
United boss eyes summer rebuild
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been promised at least three new signings by the club’s board, report the Manchester Evening News.
The scale of the rebuilding job facing Solskjaer was laid bare during their 3-0 Champions League quarter-final second leg defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday.
As a result, the board are ready to sanction at least three big-name signings, though further reinforcements would be needed if Ander Herrera leaves for Paris Saint-Germain.
Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte are being lined up to take over at Roma.
The Italian side are looking for a new manager, and Corriere dello Sport claim that Sarri is the top choice if he is let go by Chelsea, while Conte is being viewed as a backup.