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Rumour Mill: Terry’s next move, Lukaku’s massive price tag, Benzema’s Hazard endorsement

April 18, 2017 4:52 AM
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Rumour Mill: Terry’s next move, Lukaku’s massive price tag, Benzema’s Hazard endorsement

THE clubs John Terry could join, Everton slap a massive price tag on Romelu Lukaku, and Karim Benzema’s Eden Hazard endorsement

“I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me,” the defender said.

“I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge.”

The 36-year-old has previously been linked with moves to China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, but former Blue and Socceroo Mark Schwarzer said he will be able stay in the Premier League if he wants to.

“If he wants to play in the Premier League there will be a number of clubs interested,” Schwarzer told BBC 5 Live.

He added: “I think he’s identified early enough that he has to work harder the older he gets to maintain his fitness and his shape.

“Obviously there are some things that you can’t change with age and there will be parts of his game that slow down because of the physicality, however his mind is still sharp and his reading of the game is still there.”

There were reportedly as many as 10 inquiries for him in January from English clubs; including the likes of Bournemouth, West Brom, Stoke, West Ham and Sunderland.

The Cherries are a possible destination with coach Eddie Howe reportedly looking for defensive reinforcements, while the Hammers may be an option if he wishes to stay in London.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is also determined to bring Terry to the Hawthorns after an inquiry in January, according to The Mirror.

“It (January’s inquiry) was just finding out what the situation was and then it was whether we moved on it or we didn’t,” Pulis said last month.

“There was no approach made, it was just finding out what the situation was, and the situation was that John wanted to stay at Chelsea.

“I think he wanted to be there and stay there and be part of going out as a champion.

“If he becomes available in the summer we’ll sit down then and have a little think about what we’ve got and what we haven’t got and then we’ll take it from there.”

But if Terry doesn’t want to play at another English club, then China is a possible destination.

In 2015, he went on a one-man ambassadorial tour of Guangzhou, where he made a big impression on his supporters.

Terry has two former managers in Chinese Super Leagues; Luiz Felipe Scolari at Guangzhou Evergrande and Sven-Goran Eriksson in the second tier with Shenzhen FC.

There’s also a host of former Blues who have already made the move; Oscar, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Oscar, Alexandre Pato and Ricardo Carvalho.

Another former Chelsea teammate, Dan Petrescu, is managing UAE side Al Nasr and suggested he would be keen to make Terry an offer.

Petrescu told the Gulf Times newspaper: “Where will John Terry end up next season? Al Nasr. Of course, why not? I will call him and ask.

“I wish he was here. He’s a very good friend and a good player. I don’t know what he will do, but I wish him well.”

Major League Soccer could be another option with several former England teammates - Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham – recently taking part in the league.

“Maybe there is a time when I look to go to play in America or whatever might be best for my family at the time,” Terry told talkSPORT in the past.

However, ESPN reported that MLS clubs have “no interest” in signing the centre-back as none are prepared to meet his wage demands.

Additionally, Turkish clubs Fenerbahce and Antalyaspor have reportedly shown interest in the past.

Everton have put a world-record £100m ($165m) price tag on striker Romelu Lukaku, according to Liverpool Echo.

The Premier League’s top scorer wants to play Champions League football and doesn’t want to sign a new deal with Everton, who are currently seventh on the ladder.

But Everton reportedly only want to sell the 23-year-old if a club forks out a mega-money fee.

Chelsea were reportedly interested in Lukaku when he was valued at around £70m, but after his stellar campaign, the Toffees believe he’s worth £100m.

This week manager Ronald Koeman confirmed: “He told me he won’t sign a new contract.”

He also said Lukaku should “respect” the remaining two years of his current deal.

The Belgian, as well as Antoine Griezmann, are targets for Jose Mourinho, according to The Mail.

The Manchester United manager was impressed with Marcus Rashford, but reportedly still wants another top class striker with Wayne Rooney set to leave and Zlatan Ibrahimovic yet to commit to a second year at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid reportedly want to make Eden Hazard their latest Galatico, and now striker Karim Benzema has encouraged a move.

The Belgian has starred in Chelsea’s rise to the top of the Premier League ladder, and his impact hasn’t been lost on Real’s Frenchman.

“[Hazard] is a very good player, what can I say?” the French strike told Telefoot.

“I have not seen the rumours, but it’s obvious that he would be a good signing.”

This comes amid reports from Diario Gol that Chelsea target and Real striker Alvaro Morata has told the club he will leave in the summer.

Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that AC Milan are set to make a new attempt to try and sign Cesc Fabregas from the Blues.

Turkish newspaper Fanatik are claiming that Manchester United’s Juan Mata could be sold to Besiktas with the Red Devils keen to sign Talisca, who has flourished at the Turkish club on loan from Benfica.

The Brazilian midfielder reportedly has a release clause of £21 million, which United may be prepared to match.

To replace Talisca, Mata, who has one year left on his current deal, could reportedly be brought in as his replacement.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas will meet with Jurgen Klopp next month to decide his future.

The Brazilian has been at the club for 10 years, and Inter wanted to sign him in January, but he opted to stay with the Reds for the rest of the season.

Now, with one year left on his contract, Lucas wants to resolve his future before the summer.

“There is no doubt about my commitment to Liverpool, I just need to wait until the end of the season, work hard and make a decision together with the club,” he said.

“I have been here long enough and if the time comes for me to go somewhere else I think I will leave with the feeling that I did everything I could.

“I am getting to the stage of my career where I think I can help a lot, off the pitch of course, but on the pitch as well.

“Playing time [will play a part], I wouldn’t like to just be around. I feel I have many years that I can still play at the top level. I need to analyse and see what is best for me and the club and then I am sure we will make a decision together.”

Barcelona star Neymar has previously been linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United and PSG, but he’s revealed he wants to play for Brazilian side Flamengo in the future.

Neymar told Canal Esporte Interativo: “I have a lot of desire to one day play for Flamengo, with the Maracana full, playing in the Copa Libertadores.”

The 25-year-old added: “I still have strong sentiments towards Santos [where he played before Barca].

“But they went to court against me and I still don’t know why. There is a lot the people don’t know about.

“All that’s missing is for the club to claim I wanted to score an own goal in favour of Barcelona during the [2011] Club World Cup.”


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