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LIVE Transfer Talk: Zidane demands Hazard contract, £200m war chest to take over at Chelsea

ESPN's Craig Burley addresses the pressure on Maurizio Sarri and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of their FA Cup 5th round tie on Monday, live on ESPN+ at 2:30 PM ET.
Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi's strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the 25-year-old striker.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Zidane hands Chelsea list of demands

The stakes in Monday's FA Cup showdown with Manchester United just got a little higher for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

The Sun reports that Zinedine Zidane has indicated he is willing...

Chelsea's Eden Hazard: Sarri style suits my philosophy of football

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden explains why he doesn't see a future for Maurizio Sarri and his style of play at Chelsea.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with colleague Gab Marcotti's excuse-making for Maurizio Sarri's tactics in Chelsea's 6-0 defeat at Man City.
Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0.

Eden Hazard has said Maurizio Sarri's style of play is "more like my philosophy of football" as the Chelsea coach attempts to turn the club's faltering season around.

Sunday's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City left Chelsea sixth in the table, with Sarri facing questions about his ability to deliver a top-four finish with his expansive, possession-based approach.

It has also intensified speculation linking Hazard with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, but the Belgium international stressed...

Chelsea boss Sarri gets 1/10 after playing into Guardiola's hands in City thrashing

Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0.
Referee Mike Dean hid the hat trick ball from Manchester City's Sergio Aguero following their 6-0 victory over Chelsea.
Craig Burley breaks down how Manchester City were able to stretch N'Golo Kane, Ross Barkley and Jorghino, allowing their star play makers to run rampant.
Manchester City netted four goals in the opening 25 minutes, and Sergio Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 2nd half as Man City dominate Chelsea 6-0.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with colleague Gab Marcotti's excuse-making for Maurizio Sarri's tactics in Chelsea's 6-0 defeat at Man City.

Manchester City handed Chelsea their heaviest defeat since 1991 as a first-half blitz won the game for the Premier League champions inside the first 25 minutes, with Sergio Aguero completing his hat trick in the second half and Raheem Sterling netting a late second to complete a 6-0 win.

Positives

At least Chelsea have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to...oh.

Negatives

This was a defeat to raise questions about the entire Maurizio Sarri project. Chelsea came to the Etihad Stadium, tried...

Transfer Talk: Chelsea eye Coutinho if Hazard leaves for Real Madrid

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Chelsea brace for Hazard exit

Eden Hazard's on-off departure from West London could be about to reach its apparently inevitable conclusion. The Telegraph reports that the Belgian is ready to tell Chelsea that his...

Real Madrid target Hazard: I have made decision over Chelsea future

The FC crew assess how Maurizio Sarri's comments towards Eden Hazard may have played a role in the Chelsea star's cryptic message about his future in London.
Mark Ogden and the FC crew examine the top-four in the Premier League, which is heating up as Man United improve and Chelsea struggle.

Eden Hazard has said he has made a decision on his Chelsea future, but has not expanded on what it is.

The 28-year-old had said he had wanted to leave Stamford Bridge after last summer's World Cup, and that a move to Real Madrid -- a club he had been strongly with linked with -- would be a "dream."

Hazard has 18 months left on his Chelsea contract and it is unclear whether he will extend his stay beyond 2020.

"I know what I'm going to do," the Belgium international said in an interview filmed for...

Chelsea looking for 'common ground' in Eden Hazard deployment - Gianfranco Zola

With a 2-2 aggregate scoreline, Chelsea needed penalties to best Tottenham and book their place in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Maurizio Sarri says he didn't attack his players, but their win against Tottenham was the perfect reaction.

LONDON -- Gianfranco Zola admitted that Maurizio Sarri is trying to find "common ground" with Eden Hazard about the best way to maximise the Belgian in Chelsea's system.

Hazard has publicly bristled at being deployed as a false nine rather than a left winger at times by Sarri this season, and insisted he didn't care about his head coach calling him "more of an individual player than a leader" after inspiring Chelsea to overcome Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semifinal on Thursday.

Sarri has justified...