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It may be almost impossible to believe, but it is now April.
Yes, April, which means it’s a mere matter of weeks before Premier League action departs from our screens for another summer.
Worry not, though, the void left will be filled, as is tradition, by gossip, speculation, and news regarding the movements – or not – of certain players.
Which players will dominate the gossip columns this summer? Let’s take a look at three top contenders.
Hazard set to depart following season of redemption?
Derided by some fans as one of the “three rats” when the now-forgotten (at Stamford Bridge anyway) José Mourinho was sacked by the Blues, Eden Hazard has been one of the leading lights this season, in a campaign that could well end with the Blues securing the double.
Despite this, rumours continue to persist that Hazard is pushing for a move to either PSG or Real Madrid in order to start next season with a clean slate.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has accused Real Madrid of trying to unsettle Eden Hazard. (Source: Independent) pic.twitter.com/i1brzdLa8P
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) 1 April 2017
Hazard has been full of denials that he is planning on leaving London, but should a tempting offer come in for him, you wouldn’t bet against this so-called “rat” jumping ship.
Lukaku finally set for the big time?
They say you should never go back to work at a previous employer, but for Romelu Lukaku, it feels as though he needs to go back to Chelsea to eradicate ghosts from the past.
The striker has excelled at Everton, who are 13/2 in the bet365 football betting markets to finish in the top six this season, but question marks remain as to whether he is able to compete at the top level.
A successful return to Chelsea could prove that he is capable of banging in the goals in the Premier League and in Europe, helping to erase the memories of his penalty miss in the 2013 Super Cup.
— ️ (@ContehoIic) 31 March 2017
Having recently rejected Everton’s offer of a new contract, even those in the Liverpool area admit it is looking increasingly likely that he is going to push to join a club that matches his ambition this summer.
Sanchez to leave Arsenal in a state of slow decline?
Few teams operating in the top leagues across Europe can truly be classed as one-man teams, yet the reliance that Arsenal now have on Alexis Sanchez (and to a lesser extent, Laurent Koscielny, although he was derided by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville this weekend for lacking commitment) is truly astounding.
Arsenal are still trying to sort out a new contract for Sanchez, but it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be on his way out this summer.
But where will he go?
Chelsea have been sniffing around, but the Gunners are unlikely to want to face a fan backlash by selling him to a rival Premier League team, so perhaps the likeliest destination is Paris, with PSG looking like an appealing option.
With silverware in Paris a near guarantee these days, Sanchez could spearhead the charge for European glory at a club where the pressure wouldn’t be solely piled on his shoulders and fans wouldn’t be pictured in the press fighting each other due to managerial controversy.
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