Chelsea is all about changes these days as big names leave the champions of the Europe League. After waving goodbye to Chelsea fans that travelled to Baku, Eden Hazard later sealed his move to Real Madrid. Maurizio Sarri also left his job to become the new manager at Juventus.
Hazard; A Force to Reckon With
Hazard is a major force in European football and he recently signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid. The deal might net Chelsea as much as £150 million once the add-ons and potential bonuses are added.
Hazard scored over 100 goals while in the EPL and capped a fine season by scoring two goals during their win over Arsenal in the Europe League final. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest players in the EPL. Hazard said that it was time to face new challenges and pleaded with Chelsea fans to understand his move to Real Madrid.
In a Facebook post, he said that leaving Chelsea was one of the most important and toughest decisions in his career. He added that he hoped fans would understand that just as everyone pursues their dreams, this was an opportunity for him to do it. He was unveiled at the Bernabeu on 13 June after he passed his medical.
Sarri’s Decision to Leave Chelsea
Sarri has had his future at Chelsea in question since the day he arrived from Napoli at the beginning of the season. Despite the scepticism, the 60-year old managed to win his first trophy ever as a manager during the Europa League final. He also managed a third-place finish in the EPL and a League Cup final appearance. It is difficult to see how the Chelsea board could have kicked him out.
It is most likely that Sarri expressed a desire to move back to Italy and the board decided to let him go. He moved to Juventus where he has already settled into his new role. It has been speculated that Lampard will most likely take over from Sarri. You can bet on who will take over next from Sarri with Lampard having 4/6 odds.
Another favourite is Max Allegri, the former boss at Juventus who has 11/4 odds. Others being thought to take over from Sarri are Steve Holland and Javi Gracia who have odds of 9/1 and 9/2 respectively. Jose Mourinho is also in the running with a 14/1 odd of going back to Chelsea for a third spell as manager.
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Odds for Rafael Benitez Coming Back Tumble
The odds tumbled from 33/1 to 4/1. Just a few weeks back, he was a 50/1 outsider. Bookies recently cut the odds on Benitez. Punters are obviously not worried about the rumours that Benitez will join Chelsea with 42% of bets going his way.
Benitez, who is currently at New Castle, has been involved in a tussle over his contract at the club, which will expire in the summer. Hailed for his efforts at the club, the 59-year old has managed to re-established himself as one of the best managers after a bad spell at Real Madrid.
Benitez has been at Chelsea in the past. He worked as interim manager for the 2012/2013 season after Di Matteo was sacked. Despite his Europe League win and finishing third place in the EPL, the fans never warmed up to him.
Lampard is still the favourite with his odds now at 2/5, this was after rumours that he has been in meetings with the club. The odds for Mourinho have also improved to 10/3 but they later fell back to 9/1. He is the second most favourite, and he is backed by about 26% of bets.
However, the club has been tight-lipped thus far. Evidence that it is mostly rumours backed by the fact that Mourinho and Benitez have been shortening almost at the same time. The rumour might be going a bit too far, which is the reason for the barrage of bets.
The Odds if Chelsea is allowed to Buy
Chelsea is currently facing a two-window transfer ban. This means they cannot buy or bring in new players on loans. It is thus not strange that it does not feature too much in the Transfer Specials bets. Having failed on their first appeal, the club took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If they win the appeal or if Chelsea requests the ban to be lifted while the decision is being reached, the club might still invest in the summer transfer window.
A Hazard replacement will likely be the main priority for Chelsea. It appears they have their eyes on James Maddison from Leicester who has a 40/1 chance of signing up to Chelsea before 9 August. He enjoyed a great debut season while at Leicester.
Another player rumoured to join Chelsea is Paulo Dybala from Juventus. It is rumoured that he will be interested in moving to the EPL. The odds for that are 20/1 with Gonzalo Higuain having a 7/4 chance of making a loan move permanent.
Odds for Willian Leaving
Willian rejected a £55 million bid to move to Barcelona last summer. Chelsea is expecting that Barcelona will make another offer for him this transfer window. However, they are not currently favourites. Rumours indicate that a £30 million bid will suffice to pull him away from London as he is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea.
There are also reports that the Chinese Super League want to sign Willian in the summer. The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua has even offered a £30 million fee and £10.7 million wage offer. However, sources indicate that he turned down the offer. While Chelsea has yet to agree to a new deal, he appears happy to stay at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season. However, the odds are still favourable at 7/2 that he will move to the Chinese Super League.
Renewed interest from Barcelona places him at 9/1 making a move to the Spanish club. However, other odds claim there is a better chance at 7/1 of him moving to Atletico Madrid. Despite not playing half as important a role in the EPL last season, he offered seven assists in the Europa League, which got the club to the finals.
The Next Club Odds for Willian
- Chinese Super League Club – 7/2
• Barcelona – 9/1
• Atletico Madrid – 7/1
• Real Madrid – 25/1
• PSG – 20/1
• Juventus – 33/1
• Bayern Munich – 33/1
Finishing Position in the 2019/2020 Season
Worries for Chelsea fans in the 2019/20 season are based on whether the club will be able to finish in the top four if they cannot buy new players. One of the shorter priced options based on these worries is that the odds are 3/1 they will not finish in the top 6 of the EPL.
If things get really bad and they finish at the bottom half of the table, the odds are 35/1. For those who are extremely negative about the club’s future, the odds are 175/1 that the cub will be relegated during the 2019/20 season.
Any chances of winning trophies in the 2019/20 season are unlikely. However, the odds are just 16/1 that they will not win any trophy before 2023/24 season. This appears to be hard times for the club unless they can turn things around by winning the ban appeal.