Chelsea hunts Lille star, Nicolas Pepe to replace Hazard

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Chelsea are reportedly going after Lille star, Nicolas Pepe to replace Eden Hazard as he nears his Madrid move.

Eden Hazard is on his way to Spain having openly declared interest and Chelsea need not sit and watch as they seek ways to appeal transfer ban that is not stopping speculation over who could leave and who could arrive.

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With Real Madrid standing by, it appears that Chelsea officials are preparing for that prospect by lining up potential replacements, including Pep.

Nicolas Pepe is heavily linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs at the end of this season, with Bayern Munich also keen.

And Lille president Gerard Lopez has hinted he will be available this summer, but whether he ends up with Chelsea, remains to be seen.

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”It is certain, he will leave,’ Lopez said.

”He has moved into a price range that we can not afford anymore.

”There is a career choice to make for him, I think he will have the choice,Gerard Lopez added.

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