In Focus: Insigne could replace Hazard at Chelsea, but not this summer

According to reports in The Sun, Chelsea are eyeing a £45m move for Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne with Eden Hazard stalling on a new £300,000-a-week deal and continuing to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite the fact that Hazard broke his ankle while on international duty with Belgium earlier this month – which could rule him out of the beginning of next season – according to the report Real president Florentino Perez is ready to push forward with plans to sign the 26-year-old as he looks to bring a Galactico to the club this summer.

The Sun state the Belgian has been offered a new contract worth £300,000-a-week that has yet to be signed, which may have put his future into doubt.

If Hazard was to go then Antonio Conte is reportedly interested in bringing Insigne – who he worked with during his time as manager of the Italy national team – to Stamford Bridge.

How well has Insigne done at Napoli?

Like the Belgian, Insigne is 26 and has spent the last five seasons as a first team player following spells with Cavese, Foggia and Pescara.

This season was the most impressive of the forward’s career so far though as the left-sided player scored 20 goals and provided a further 12 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions for Serie A outfit.

Would he be a good replacement for Hazard?

Some Chelsea fans would probably go as far as saying Hazard is irreplaceable, and it would certainly be a difficult task to find a player that could make a similar act to the one the Belgian has during his time in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old was hugely influential as the Blues reclaimed their Premier League title this term and it is no wonder that he continues to attract the interest of Real Madrid.

Could Hazard stay at Chelsea?

Yes, of course.

The forward still has three years left to run on his Blues contract meaning that the club is in the driving seat when it comes to his future.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while Real continue to sniff round Hazard the fact that he has a broken ankle, and will probably want at least another season at Chelsea to see if he can help them win the Champions League, should ensure that he stays at Stamford Bridge this summer.