Chelsea transfer round-up: Blues eye de Roon, Hazard’s Spurs snub and more

Chelsea avoided any transfer deadline day drama with Frank Lampard completing all his
transfer dealings before the end of September.

The Blues boss has brought over £200million worth of talent to Stamford Bridge this summer,
with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell and
Edouard Mendy all joining the club.

However, Lampard is unlikely to stand still in the coming months, and the former England international could still dip into the extended EFL window in the coming days.

We take a look at the latest transfer stories surrounding Lampard’s side during the
international break.

Lampard to target summer free transfers as Declan Rice alternatives

If Lampard continues to be frustrated in his attempts to sign England midfielder Declan Rice
from West Ham, he could look into a bargain alternative next summer.

According to reports from the Daily Express, Lampard would be open to potential free agents
ahead of the 2021/22 season, with the Hammers set to dig in over their £60m valuation of
Rice.

Atalanta star Marten de Roon is rumoured to be the front runner for Lampard, with the Dutch
international yet to agree a contract extension with the Serie A club.

Nice star Danilo is a potential backup option to former Middlesbrough midfielder De Roon,
with ex-Blues defender Ryan Bertrand or Danny Rose being lined up as affordable replacements for Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso.

Sheffield Wednesday eye Jake Clarke-Salter loan move

Championship club Sheffield Wednesday are considering a loan offer for Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter before the EFL window shuts.

The Owls secured a season-long loan deal for Blues midfielder Izzy Brown last month, and
according to reports from the Sheffield Star, they want to add Clarke-Salter to their Chelsea
contingent.

Clarke-Salter is rumoured to have rejected loan offers from Belgium and Turkey last month to
prioritise another Championship loan move after spending last season at Birmingham City.

Wednesday boss Garry Monk has highlighted centre back as an area in need of strengthening
in the coming week, but fellow Championship sides Huddersfield Town, Derby County and City
could challenge them for the England U21 international.

Harry Redknapp reveals Eden Hazard rejection as Tottenham boss

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has lifted the lid on his failed attempt to bring
Eden Hazard to White Hart Lane in 2012.

Redknapp claimed he spoke to Hazard about a move from Lyon ahead of the 2012/13 season,
but the Belgian international was determined to play Champions League football.

Tottenham secured a top four finish at the end of the 2011/12 Premier League campaign, but
Chelsea’s Champions League final win over Bayern Munich edged them out of the Champions
League, and Hazard headed for Stamford Bridge.

“I lost Eden Hazard. He wanted to come to Tottenham but he said he would only come if we
got Champions League football,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“We finished fourth that year, Chelsea finished sixth, they won the Champions League and we
didn’t make it.

“He ended up going to Chelsea.”

Hazard went on to make 352 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, netting 110 goals and winning two Premier League and two Europa League titles before his 2019 move to Real Madrid.

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