Report: Chelsea now linked with 'glorious' PL winger once compared to Eden Hazard
Chelsea are receiving transfer links to French speedster Allan Saint-Maximin, who is a star player for Premier League rivals Newcastle United.
Calciomercato reports that Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton are all clubs who may be interested in the Newcastle winger.
The report explains that the 24-year-old may become a target next summer rather than in January.
Saint-Maximin, who’s arguably the standout talent at St James’ Park, joined the Toon for £16.5million back in 2019.
He’s played some games as a centre-forward so far this season, but most of his career has been spent as a left-winger cutting infield.
Eden Hazard comparisons
For years, Hazard was the best dribbler operating in the Premier League.
The 30-year-old Real Madrid man is a modern Chelsea great and Blues supporters used to love watching what he could do with the ball at his feet.
A strong claim can be made to say Saint-Maximin is currently the elite dribbler in the English top flight.
His acceleration, directness and change of pace make him a nightmare for opponents.
Charlie Nicholas even compared Saint-Maximin to Hazard back in 2019, as well as calling him “glorious to watch”.
“He’s so unpredictable. If you’re talking Messi, Hazard and all those types of players that could do that type of thing [dribble at opponents with ease]. He’s glorious to watch. He is an out and out showman,” Nicholas told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday (23 November, 2019).
Saint-Maximin has five years left on contract
Chelsea’s interest in Saint-Maximin appears very vague right now, so supporters shouldn’t get too excited.
However, it’s interesting to think about how long Newcastle can keep hold of a player with his individual ability.
He’s started this season with two goals and three assists in six Premier League games, so it’s no surprise big clubs are being linked.
It’s worth noting, though, he’s still under contract at St James’ Park until 2026.
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