Chelsea consider Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Eden Hazard replacement

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The Sun have gone a little bit transfer crazy in recent weeks, first claiming that Jose Mourinho promised to bring Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United if they hired him, before linking Arsenal with a £42million bid for Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But if you think those transfer stories are a little bit out there, then you haven't seen anything yet. As the headline suggests, Rupert Murdoch's paper to the people have trumped even themselves with their latest back page exclusive.

There appears to be an understanding amongst Stamford Bridge officials that Eden Hazard has made up his mind to quit the club at the end of the season. The Belgian has looked a shadow of his former self and the dismissal of Jose Mourinho has done little to quell his discontent.


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With Real Madrid supposedly looking for a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, it may be best for all parties to allow Hazard to leave, especially if they can double their original £32m investment.

The Sun believe that Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on top of their list to replace Hazard, ignoring the fact that the England international has very little experience playing on the left-wing.

Long-term interest

In fact, Oxlade-Chamberlain has regularly been touted as a future centre-midfielder, making him an unlikely candidate to directly replace Hazard. However, there seems to be no denying that Chelsea are indeed interested in the 22-year-old.

There had been widespread reports that Mourinho was ready to demand Oxlade-Chamberlain in exchange for Petr Cech last summer. As it turned out, Arsene Wenger agreed on a £10m deal for the goalkeeper, but interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to have stayed strong despite Mourinho's departure.

Fresh challenge

Since joining from Southampton in 2011 as a 17-year-old, Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to establish himself in the Arsenal first-team and is currently struggling to nail down a place ahead of Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott.

While Wenger certainly holds Oxlade-Chamberlain in high regard, a new challenge doesn't appear to be completely off the cards. However, we would be talking big money if Arsenal are to sell their exciting starlet to a direct rival.

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