Recently, Eden Hazard has been strongly linked with a comeback to Stamford bridge but that will likely happen if the Blues show interest and find an agreement with Real Madrid.
Ancelotti clearly prefers other players to the Belgian so we don’t think it would take much effort to convince them to do a player exchange.
Here are three Chelsea players the Blues could in theory swap for Hazard when the winter window opens.
Pulisic is a fantastic player when in good form. He was impressive in his first season at the Bridge, scoring a magnificent hat-trick against Burnley and netting against the likes of City and Arsenal.
However, injuries have prevented him from showing his full potential with Chelsea. It looks like the Premier League is too physically demanding for Pulisic.
So perhaps it would make sense for Christian to go to La Liga, with Madrid looking for a deadly right-winger like him. And the unsettled Hazard goes back to the Bridge.
An injury-prone player for an injury-prone player: this sounds like an equal exchange!
The Germany international is a world-class defender but for some reason, he is not willing to sign a new contract with Chelsea.
Toni’s reportedly wants to leave the Blues on free agency however, Chelsea as a club have to accept it, learn this mistake and never ever let players enter the final year of their contracts.
So if the rumours about Rudiger leaving next summer are true and Madrid are indeed his destination, Chelsea could maybe try negotiating a Toni–Eden swap deal in January.
Chalobah would assume Rudiger’s place in the starting XI, Madrid get their man early and Eden comes back home. Everyone wins. Kind of.
The Moroccan playmaker joined Chelsea in 2020 to much fanfare but has failed to live up to expectations.
He had his bright moments in the Blues shirt, the Super Cup win against Villarreal was probably the latest. But one pedestrian performance after another, it feels like Ziyech’s move to Chelsea was a big mistake.
Maybe Hakim could rediscover his best at Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti likes creative, unpredictable players like Ziyech so it would be a good deal for the Spaniards.
It would probably take some negotiations to get the Whites to agree on a Ziyech–Hazard swap deal but, well, in Marina we trust!