Deal Close: World-class duo set for new contract after major revelation
Chelsea striker Eden Hazard has announced that he will put pen to paper on a new deal at Stamford Bridge once teammate Thibaut Courtois does likewise.
Both footballers are believed to be high on the transfer shortlist of Real Madrid, who are expected to make an original approach during the summer transfer window.
Blues bosses are keen to extend Hazard’s ongoing terms, which are due to end in 2020, while keeper Courtois is available on a free transfer in 18 months’ time.
Belgium international Hazard has turned down stories that he is delaying negotiations over a new deal, however, claims he first wants countryman Courtois to commit.
Asked if he will sign a new contract, the 27-year-old told The Mirror: “Yes. I think Thibaut first. Then I will sign.”
Hazard has netted nine goals and set up four more in 27 games for Chelsea this year.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Chelsea have both made contact over a move for Porto ace Moussa Marega, according to stories.
Porto finalized a move for Marega back in 2016, and the 26-year-old striker was sent a loan to Vitoria Sports Clube ahead of the 2016/17 season where he netted 14 goals in 31 games.
His great form earned him a recall to Porto, and Mali forward has had a barnstorming start this campaign, betting 12 goals for the Portuguese giants.
Foot Mercato claims Premier League giants United and Chelsea have both been alerted to Marega’s goalscoring achievements.
It’s suggested both sides have aked for about the potential availability of the attacker in the January transfer window.
Antonio Conte is on the race for attacking improvements at Stamford Bridge, with Michy Batshuayi failing to impress the manager as Alvaro Morata’s understudy.
And, Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for new players up front after an injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.