In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement on how much to pay for Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud opens up on his feelings when Gonzalo Higuain was recruited on loan, and there is speculation over the future of Fikayo Tomori.
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Chelsea and Real Madrid agree deal for Hazard departure
There are several reports claiming a fee has been agreed for the transfer of Eden Hazard, including one in the Guardian.
The newspaper says the Belgian will become Real Madrid’s third summer signing after Eder Militao and Luka Jovic, adding:
‘Eden Hazard is set to join Real Madrid after the Spanish club and Chelsea agreed a fee in the region of €100m (£88.5m) plus add-ons.’
The report claims a fee had not been agreed at the time of the Europa League final when Hazard indicated he expects to leave Chelsea this summer, but the figure was settled upon on Wednesday night with the announcement set to follow in the next few days.
‘The two clubs are now preparing the contracts to be signed,’ the Guardian suggests.
Real’s two purchases since Zinedine Zidane returned as their manager have cost £44m for defender Militao and £57.7m in the case of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Jovic.
Giroud – It’s hard to bench a January signing
Goal.com is reporting words from Olivier Giroud while on international duty this week where the striker has been speaking about the season at Chelsea, and about not being chosen in the starting line-up at times by Maurizio Sarri.
‘It is true that at one point I went to see him [Sarri] when I did not understand his choices,’ Giroud says in Goal.com’s article.
‘He gave me explanations. What was annoying is in January, when he preferred to recruit an attacker who he knew very well, Higuain, it was not easy for me to reap any benefits.
‘As usual, I tried to stay focused to prove that I could play. I tried to stay focused to prove that he was wrong about some of the choices. But when you bring in a player in January it's hard to put him back on the bench and disown him.’
Giroud, who signed a contract extension last month, says he does not see himself anywhere else but at Chelsea and cannot wait to get back for next season, and that he is very happy Sarri was able to win his first major trophy – the players wanted to give him that.
Interest in Tomori from Scotland and Germany
In a report about potential transfer targets for Scottish champions Celtic, the Daily Mail claims there could be interest in taking Fikayo Tomori north of the border.
‘The Parkhead side have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea central defender Fikayo Tomori,’ it writes, before adding:
‘With interest from the German Bundesliga, however, the 21-year-old is expected to leave Stamford Bridge permanently for a fee in excess of £10m this summer.’
Tomori spent last season on loan at Derby County where he was voted the Rams’ player of the year and featured in the Championship play-off.