In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Kurt Zouma is reportedly a target for Arsenal, former Eintracht Frankfurt coach Dragoslav Stepanovic sounds a warning to Chelsea ahead of our Europa League semi-final against the German side and Eden Hazard remains top of the Premier League’s power ranking chart with two games left.
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Zouma wanted by Arsenal?
The Sun reports Arsenal boss Unai Emery is planning to introduce new faces to his defence following a frustrating season for the Gunners backline.
Arsenal have conceded 49 goals so far in the Premier League, and Emery has apparently targeted three Premier League centre-backs with the possibility of selling three players to finance the move.
The piece reports Chelsea’s on-loan centre-back Kurt Zouma, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester’s Harry Maguire are all on Emery’s shortlist, with the Spaniard willing to part with including Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi.
Ex-Eintracht boss sounds warning to Chelsea
Former Eintracht Frankfurt player and manager Dragoslav Stepanovic believes the quality and togetherness of the German side will pose a stern test for Chelsea in the Europa League semi-finals.
Winners of the German Cup a year ago, when they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in the final, Eintracht have reached the last four after an impressive run which saw them take maximum points from a group that included Marseille and Lazio before seeing off Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica in the knockout rounds.
Speaking to iNews, Stepanovic said he was excited by the strong team ethic displayed by the current side, who are currently fourth in the German Bundesliga.
‘[There is] no ego between them. If one of them is in a better position to score, he gets the ball from the other,’ said the Serbian, who was coach of the club when they finished third in the Bundesliga in 1992.
‘There are 17 different nationalities in this squad. I don’t know what language they speak! But how they get on with it and the atmosphere amongst them is wonderful.
‘Chelsea are going to have to really sweat for it if they want to win here. I’m always of the opinion that a good run is very difficult to stop.’
Hazard hanging on to power ranking lead
Salah scored twice and picked up an assist in Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield last weekend to close the gap on the Belgian to less than 2000 points.
According to the statistics-based ranking, which reflects a player's performance by awarding points for 34 different stats, Hazard now has 76,847 points while Salah is on 75,029 points after a strong run of form for the Reds in recent weeks.
PFA Young Player of the Year Raheem Sterling is also in the running in third place with 71,685 points while Salah's team-mate Sadio Mane is fourth on 67,458.
Other previous winners of the award are Riyad Mahrez with Leicester City in 2015/16 and Alexis Sanchez with Arsenal in 2016/17.