Chelsea will inevitably lose star man Eden Hazard this summer, and he will leave a void in the squad that’s let’s face it, will be impossible to fill.

That’s doesn’t stop the media continue to flag up potential ‘replacements’ for the Belgian international.

The latest linked player is 23-year old Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pépé.

French outlet Telefoot claim that he is being monitored by a number of teams who are keen to buy him from Lille this summer. One of those is allegedly Chelsea, who see him as a Hazard replacement so says the source.

Pépé is a glorious talent, and a player who could most certainly end up becoming as big as Hazard. But it would be a real coup should the Blues manage to secure a move for the Ivorian, especially taking into account they are still yet to hear if they can even sign players this summer.

The transfer ban appeal has yet to bring any results. They say no news is good news, as the club awaits its fate this summer.

Another player who is continuously linked with a move to Chelsea, is former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The 26-year old Brazilian international has struggled to light up La Liga since his big money move to Barcelona, and will reportedly be allowed to leave this summer.

Once again, Chelsea are one of the clubs who are keeping a close eye on this situation and could make a move if their transfer ban is frozen.

Catalan outlet SPORT reported yesterday that the Blues were keen on Coutinho, who is attracted to a move back the Premier League. The source however, rules out Manchester United, who were also said to be interested.

It’s been almost a week since Chelsea asked to appeal the transfer ban, and we had been warned that we might have to wait up to three weeks to hear if it will be heard, thus then putting a freeze on the summer ban as a result.

The clock ticks…

Simon Phillips