Lille ace available and could replace Hazard

Transfers
Lille star Nicolas Pepe is on Chelsea's wanted list should they have to replace Eden Hazard at some point in the future.

Lille star Nicolas Pepe is on Chelsea’s wanted list should they have to replace Eden Hazard at some point in the future.

Chelsea’s transfer dealings are currently up in the air while they wait to discover if a two-window transfer ban will stand, but that is not stopping speculation over who could leave and who could arrive.

Hazard is wanted by Real Madrid and it would appear that Chelsea officials are preparing for that prospect by lining up potential replacements, including Pep.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international winger has been heavily linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs at the end of this season, with Bayern Munich also keen.

Lille president Gerard Lopez has also said it is certain that Pepe will have to be sold this summer, but whether he ends up with Chelsea, remains to be seen.

‘It is certain, he will leave,’ Lopez said.

‘He has moved into a price range that we can not afford anymore.

There is a career choice to make for him, I think he will have the choice.’

Latest