Chelsea set to beat Arsenal & Liverpool to ‘new Hazard’

Chelsea are closing in on the signature of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United target Zakaria Bakkali, according to reports from The Express.

The Belgian ace has already been dubbed the ‘new Eden Hazard’ and is currently thought of as one of Europe’s very best youngsters.

At 18, the winger holds the record for being the Eredivisie’s youngest ever hat-trick scorer – a feat he managed at the age of 17 – and has represented his nation at senior level.

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Arsenal, Liverpool and United have all been tracking the PSV Eindhoven whiz kid, but now reports suggest that Chelsea are set to snap him up.

The teenager is available at a bargain rate in January with his contract due to expire at the end of the campaign.

PSV would ideally like to keep their man, but selling for a decent fee instead of haggling for a compensation payment down the line is attractive.

Jose Mourinho’s presence at Stamford Bridge is thought to have swayed the starlet, who is keen to progress under the Portuguese coach.

Chelsea are likely to send Bakkali back to Holland on loan for the remainder of the season, as they did with Kurt Zouma – who headed to St Etienne – last term.


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