Chelsea transfer news: Double delay, Hazard boost, Real Madrid eye swap

The latest Chelsea transfer news and rumours as Thomas Tuchel looks to add to his squad during the January transfer window.

Chelsea could look to add two player to their squad according to reports, but will likely have to wait until the summer transfer window to do so.

The Blues will look to bolster their squad with French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who could be seen as N’Golo Kante’s successor at Stamford Bridge.

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According to football.london, talks have been held between Chelsea and the 21-year-old’s club AS Monaco, but nothing prevailed.

The Ligue 1 side value Tchouameni at £50m, as per 90min, and with Manchester United now prioritising the signings of Amadou Haidara and Denis Zakaria, the Blues could now be favourites for the midfielder.

Tchouameni has been a pivotal part of Monaco’s squad since he was signed two years ago, featuring 75 times since then, netting five goals and assisting his teammates on four occasions.

Hazard latest

One name who could find himself back in West London is Eden Hazard. The former Chelsea fan favourite is keen to leave Real Madrid in the near future.

According to El Nacional, the Belgian international has rejected a move to Premier League club Newcastle United after Madrid accepted a £41.7m bid for him.

The Spanish outlet claims Hazard wants his next move to be to a ‘big’ team like Chelsea and Newcastle is ‘not an option’.

In addition, a return for the 31-year-old to Stamford Bridge could be on the cards, with Madrid interested in the Blues’ right-back Reece James.

James ‘makeweight’

The Daily Mail says that the Spanish side could use Hazard as a ‘makeweight’ in order to try and persuade Chelsea to part with James.

Hazard was an influential player during his seven seasons in West London, making 352 appearances for the club, scoring 110 goals and 92 assists.

He also won six major trophies at Stamford Bridge, including two Premier League titles and two Europa League cups.