Monday News Bulletin – Blanc, Sarri, Zouma, Hazard, Kovacic, transfer ban appeal..

Chelsea are preparing for a big week as they face West Ham tonight, and Slavia Praha in Europe on Thursday.

As well as that, they are set to hear whether the transfer ban will be frozen for the summer, on the same day they travel to Praha. We are expected to hear the verdict by the end of play on Thursday.

It will be an important day for their immediate future whatever happens. The club have been planning for life with a ban, and life without it. But Thursdays verdict will bring huge consequences either way.

Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri says he would like Chelsea to sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal, if the ban is frozen.

On loan from Real Madrid, Kovacic has failed to really light up his spell at Chelsea so far. Whilst being technically gifted and a comfortable ball carrier, the Croatian has failed to really bring anything extra to the table and has split fans views.

There was talk that Kovacic might be offered as a make-weight from Madrid as part of the deal to take Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu. But that seems unlikely, with the Blues only wanting a money deal.

Madrid have reportedly offered around £85 million for the Belgian super star, but Chelsea want at least £100m. It’s likely that a deal will be concluded there fairly soon.

Kurt Zouma had another fine performance over the weekend with his loan club Everton. And today he has confirmed that he is happy in Merseyside.

However, the French International has always maintained his desire to make it at Chelsea, and admitted that he does not know what his future holds, and is only concentrating on the final games of this season.

Loan stars Reece James, Kasey Palmer, and Tammy Abraham all clocked goals over the weekend. And if you missed it, I highly recommend looking up James’s goal in particular. It was nothing short of world class!

Finally, whilst Sarri’s fixture congestion frustrations continue, stating that he’d take a drop in salary if it meant the fixtures being eased, uncertainty of his Chelsea future still boils.

In France, there are claims that Laurent Blanc is ready to return to management, and that he is ‘keeping an eye’ on the current situation at Chelsea, having been interviewed as an alternative option for the Blues before appointing Sarri.

Chelsea now have a very important run in to the end of the season, for the club, and for Sarri.

Simon Phillips

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