With this Summer's UEFA EURO 2012 coming up fast, the soccer transfer madness has started and so has the speculation. Here are some of the latest stories flying around the soccer world...and once again Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Chelsea FC claim centre stage.
The first story buzzing around the soccer world is Chelsea's signing of Lille winger Eden Hazard, 21 and Abramovich convincing Spanish forward Fernando Torres, 28, to stay. Hazard will receive 4.8 million GBP per season and cost 32 million pounds from the French club. Rumour has it that Chelsea are also after FC Porto's Brazilian forward Hulk, who has a 100 million Euro price tag round his neck (rescission clause).
Rumour also has it that Didier Drogba could be heading for Spain and not China, with Real Madrid on the cards as his next employer. Apparently talks between the two parties have centred around a two-year deal with Drogba, the man for big moments, playing a major part in helping Mourinho gain the Champions League with Real.
Arsenal FC are after Nigel de Jong, the 27-year-old Manchester City defender and Robin van Persie, 28, is expected to stay at the London club.
And now the bombshells...
Liverpool is set to grab Dutch coach Louis van Gaal and Tottenham are said to be eyeing up André Villas-Boas, possibly as a replacement for Harry Redknapp after his contract ends next Summer.
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