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Chelsea are targeting Lyon star Nabil Fekir to replace Eden Hazard if he moves to Real Madrid, according to reports.
Real have long held an interest in their Belgian forward, who has scored eight goals this season.
And with his contract expiring in 2020, Chelsea may be forced into a decision this summer if the 27-year-old fails to pen a new contract.
If he does leave, there will be a huge problem at Stamford Bridge and a replacement must surely be top of their priorities.
But the club have reportedly identified the ideal man to come in to replace the former Lille forward, should he leave.
According to Mercato365, Lyon playmaker Fekir has been pinpointed by Chelsea scouts.
A £50m bid was close to going through and another offer in the same area could be what is necessary to acquire him from the Blues.
Maurizio Sarri has hinted that there will be no new signings in January.
The Blues have made a strong start to life under Sarri, who arrived in the summer from Napoli.
Rumours have emerged that Chelsea are looking to sign a striker and a new defender.
But when asked whether he had spoken to the Chelsea board about their transfer plans, Sarri said: “No, I didn’t ask anything about it to my club because at the moment I think we can stay with these players and be competitive.
“Maybe not for the top but we have to try to arrive close to the top.
“It is too easy to go into the market for every problem.
“I think we need to improve and we need to improve with these players because they can improve.
“It is my work, I think. For the market, there is the club. I can say to the club my opinion about what I think I need but my job is to try to improve my players.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he is intent on staying to fight for his place at the club rather than move elsewhere.
”I hear it a lot, and I can see why people are saying that, because I’m 22 now and haven’t got too many Premier League starts to my name,” he told Sky Sports.
“I haven’t played too many minutes, whether it be in the Premier League and the Championship, and at 22 it’s not seen as enough by some people. I do hear it.
“I love the club and I love Chelsea, I want to play for Chelsea.
“Last season [moving to Palace on loan]was a decision I made because I hadn’t played any football really, at the age of 21, and last season was great for me at Palace.
“Twenty-four [appearances]I think I had in the Premier League, and then to go on and make my England debut. I made a lot of steps last year.
“Playing football was massive for me and you can see why people want to see me play, and I want to play as well.”