Chelsea launch offer to rival Manchester United for £175million forward transfer



Chelsea is reportedly among the contenders to seal the transfer of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo this summer after making an approach.

This is according to Diario Gol, who also link Ronaldo with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and even a shock potential move to Tottenham.

With Marca reporting that Eden Hazard wants out of Stamford Bridge and that his father has offered him to Real Madrid, a move for Ronaldo could make sense for Chelsea.

The Blues would urgently require a new big-name signing up front were they to lose the Belgium international, and there are few bigger names than Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar is in fine form at the moment after making a great start to the World Cup and is clearly showing no signs of being past his peak even at the age of 33.

Were Hazard and Ronaldo to swap places both clubs may feel they’ve done reasonably well with changes to their attacks this summer.

While the former United front-man remains a key man for Real, the Spanish giants could do with something of a shake-up after some disappointing La Liga form last season.

Hazard would be an ideal long-term replacement for Ronaldo, while he could easily be a fine short-term measure for Chelsea to fill that gap in their front three.

Don Balon has previously claimed Ronaldo would cost around £175m, while that Marca report stated Chelsea value Hazard at around £105m.

The restrictive transfer budget Maurizio Sarri will have to work with at Chelsea

Chelsea’s prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri will possibly only have £60million to spend in the transfer market this summer.

The Italian tactician has been strongly tipped to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge next season after a difficult campaign in 2017/18.

Il Matino claims Sarri could hold crucial Chelsea talks in London this week, but it looks to be a challenging job awaiting him with the Blues.

While Marca has reported that Eden Hazard wants out of the club after their failure to finish in the top four, Sarri could also struggle to bring in the kind of big names this side looks like it needs.

Transfer expert Ian McGarry told the Calcioland podcast that it looked like the new boss would only have an initial £60m to work with, though of course that could be aided by player sales as Marca report the want-away Hazard has a £105m asking price this summer.

‘He (Roman Abramovich) has informed the executives at Chelsea at the club and training ground who deal with transfers that the new manager will have between £50-£60m this summer to improve a team which finished outside the top four,’ McGarry is quoted in the Daily Star.

‘Antonio Conte hasn’t even been paid off yet, which is the reason the appointment of a new coach has been held up.

‘I’m told that will be resolved this week – allowing (Maurizio) Sarri to be appointed.’