Real Madrid could try to tempt Chelsea into selling their star forward Eden Hazard by offering them Gareth Bale as part of the deal, according to reports.
Hazard has been on Real’s wish list for some time. Now Zinedine Zidane is back as manager of Los Blancos then their interest could increase. Real president Florentino Perez is also said to have promised Zidane a war chest of £300 million to revamp the squad this summer.
By the same token, several players could be heading out of the Bernabeu this summer. Gareth Bale is thought to be one of those, given his fractious relationship with Zidane and the Madrid fans. His recent injury record doesn’t help either.
With Chelsea rumoured to be interested in signing Bale, a swap deal could be an agreeable option for all parties.
Chelsea will want more than £100 million for Hazard, while Real will want about £75 million for Bale – who turns 30 later this year. It also has to be factored in that Bale earns about £11 million per year.
However, whether Bale would want to leave Real is another matter. He has previously said he is happy in the Spanish capital.
In addition, other clubs, including Manchester United, May be interested in signing Bale.
There are just three matches in the Premier League today, thanks to the FA Cup.
Today, the focus is on the bottom of the table with several clubs in relegation trouble playing. Now is the time to be getting wins, and victory today could go a long way to securing Premier League survival.
All matches kick off at 3pm. Here are the factz you need to know:
AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United
* A Salomon Rondon double was enough for Newcastle to take all three points in a 2-1 when the sides met earlier in the season at St James’s Park.
* Bournemouth are strong at home, having won 25 points at the Vitality Stadium this season – the best return outside of the top 6.
* Newcastle are in good form at home, but haven’t won in 6 away from St James’s Park.
* The Cherries’ Ryan Fraser is the man to stop – he has 10 assists this season.
* Meanwhile Salomon Rondon is Newcastle’s main man with 8 goals and 5 assists.
Burnley v Leicester City
* After a run of 8 matches unbeaten, Burnley have lost their last 3 matches on the spin.
* Leicester are in improving form, winning 2 of their last 3 PL matches, having won 1 and lost 6 of their previous 8.
* Defence is Burnley’s main problem: 57 goals conceded so far, the second worst record in the league.
* The Foxes haven’t had a clean sheet since New Years Day – a run of 9 matches.
* Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 5 goals in his last 5 games.
West Ham United v Huddersfield Town
* Huddersfield haven’t beaten West Ham in a league match since 1971.
* West Ham are unbeaten at the London Stadium this year, having won 4 and drawn 2 there in 2019.
* The Terriers have lost 8 of their last 10 league matches, winning just once in that run.
* They have also scored just 8 goals away from home all season – the joint lowest in the league.
* The Hammers are set-piece specialists with 6 of their last 7 goals coming from dead-ball situations.
Real Madrid are monitoring the contract situation of Christian Eriksen at Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a potential bid for the influential midfielder in the summer.
Eriksen, 27, is about to enter the final year of his deal at Spurs, with little sign that he will sign a new contract any time soon. If that is the case, the club is likely to want to sell him this summer, rather than lose him for nothing in 2020.
If that is the case, there will be no shortage of suitors for the Danish International. Real Madrid have been linked with a bid for some time and are expected to have a major overhaul of playing staff over the summer. Eriksen would seem to fit the bill as an attacking midfielder, although whether they bid for him may depend on whether they bid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard or not. Real have long been linked with Hazard as well and he is expected to be a target in the summer.
Doubtless other top clubs around Europe would be interested too. Spurs may also prefer to sell Eriksen to a European club, rather than a direct rival in the Premier League.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would not let Eriksen leave on the cheap – he is famed for driving a hard bargain – so it would likely take a bid of £75 million at least to tempt the club into selling.
Eriksen joined Spurs in 2013 from Ajax, and since then has made 198 Premier League appearances, scoring 46 goals.
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