Chelsea set for £70m move for Nicolas Pepe with Eden Hazard on way to Real Madrid

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Chelsea ‘set for £70m move for Lille star Nicolas Pepe’ with star man Eden Hazard on his way to Real Madrid

  • Chelsea are ready to raid Lille for their star winger Nicolas Pepe
  • Blues increasingly resigned to losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
  • Pepe has been lined up if Chelsea can successfully appeal their transfer ban

Chelsea are ready to raid Lille again after identifying their No 1 target to replace Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard.

The Blues appear to be increasingly resigned to losing the Belgium star this summer.

He has just one year left on his deal at Stamford Bridge and they could go to his former club for reinforcements.

Nicolas Pepe has been identified by Chelsea as their No 1 target to replace Eden Hazard

Nicolas Pepe has been identified by Chelsea as their No 1 target to replace Eden Hazard

Lille have slapped a £70m price tag on the Ivory Coast winger who has starred this season

Lille have slapped a £70m price tag on the Ivory Coast winger who has starred this season

Lille and Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe has emerged as that player after a spectacular breakthrough season in Ligue 1, according to The Mirror.

The French club have slapped a £70m price tag on the 23-year-old, who has scored 19 goals in 33 games this campaign and lifted them to second in the table.

He has been lined up despite the impending transfer ban that circles over Chelsea.

They are fighting the two transfer window ban handed by FIFA in February for breaching the rules around the transfer of minors and are waiting to hear if their appeal for a delay has been successful.

He has scored 19 goals in 33 games to spearhead Lille up to second in the Ligue 1 table

He has scored 19 goals in 33 games to spearhead Lille up to second in the Ligue 1 table

He has been lined up with Hazard increasingly likely to join Real Madrid in the summer

He has been lined up with Hazard increasingly likely to join Real Madrid in the summer 

Hazard remains a long-term target for Real Madrid, and that has sharpened since the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager last month.

The Chelsea man has enjoyed another stellar campaign, scoring 19 times and registering 12 assists in all competitions, but Zidane is still unsure he will able to fill Ronaldo’s boots.

‘The problem is that Cristiano [Ronaldo] cannot be replaced,’ the Madrid boss said.

‘He is gone, but we can bring any player and the player who comes will not do the same as Cristiano.’

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