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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard set for Real Madrid move – reports

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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is set to move to Real Madrid this summer with a deal close to being finalised, according to reports. 

Hazard has been a target for Madrid for some time, but interest was stepped up when Zinedine Zidane came back to the manager’s seat earlier in the year.

Zidane made signing the Belgian a priority and it appears he is going to get his wish, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

They report that Madrid, Hazard and Chelsea have been secretly working on the terms of a deal for months and that terms are close to being agreed and a deal could be announced within days.

Hazard has made no secret of his admiration for Madrid and desire to play at the Bernabeau one day. He has also expressed frustration at Chelsea’s ambition and failure to challenge for the Premier League or Champions League titles.

Chelsea will not want to lose one of their stars but will likely receive a fee in the region of £100 million for him. There are also signs the club has been preparing for Hazard’s departure with the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.

Barcelona say they will only sell Philippe Coutinho if his £355 million release clause is triggered

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Barcelona have moved to quash speculation about forward Philippe Coutinho leaving the club by saying he will only be allowed to go if a club triggers his £355 million release clause. 

Coutinho only joined Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million, but he hasn’t had the impact he or the club had hoped for – despite his goal against Manchester United in the Champions League last night. This has led to speculation that the 26-year-old could move on, with United and Chelsea both rumoured to be interested in a deal.

However, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken out and made clear that Coutinho remains an integral part of manager Ernesto Valverde’s plans and he will only be sold if a club meets his astronomical release clause.

Bartomeu told Spanish TV station TVE that Coutinho “will remain with the team unless [another club] meet his release clause.

This statement is designed to put potential suitors off – neither club could afford the fee – but this stance could change if Barcelona pursue a deal to re-sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain. If that happened, then they may be tempted to listen to offers.

Real Madrid told they will have to pay £130 million to land Paul Pogba from Manchester United

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Manchester United bosses have said that star midfielder Paul Pogba will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford for less than £130 million (€150 million) amid continuing interest from Real Madrid, according to reports.

Spanish newspaper Marca report Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola being told this, with United wanting to keep hold of the French international.

Madrid have been linked with Pogba, 26, for some time, and this speculation has increased since his countryman Zinedine Zidane came back to the Bernabeau as manager. Zidane is known to be a fan of Pogba and he would fit as a marquee signing as it is expected that there will be major changes to the Madrid squad over the summer.

However, United want to keep hold of Pogba. While his relationship had seemingly broken down with previous manager Jose Mourinho, he has hit top form under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is thought to be happy in Manchester. That said, he is thought to like the idea of playing for Zidane.

In addition, whether or not United qualify for next year’s Champions League could have a bearing on Pogba’s thinking – the club are locked in a 4-way battle with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for the final two spots.

Madrid however are believed to be planning other targets if it is decided that £130 million is too much for the player, or if United reject all offers for him.

All the factz on Watford v Arsenal, including which TV channel its on

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The final match of this round of Premier League fixtures sees Watford host Arsenal at Vicarage Road. 

Arsenal have watched two of their three rivals for the final two Champions League spots win over the weekend, so will be looking to do likewise. Meanwhile Watford want a win to boost their bid to finish 7th – which may net them European football.

The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on … here are the factz you need to know:
* Two goals in the final 10 minutes gave Arsenal victory in the reverse fixture.
* In their last 10 PL matches, Watford have won 4, lost 4 and drawn 2.
* Arsenal meanwhile have been in decent form winning 5 of their last 7 PL matches, although they did lose last time out.
* Troy Deeney is the Hornets’ form man with 6 goals and 4 assists since the turn of the year.
* Arsenal are the only PL side not to have kept a clean sheet away from home this season.

All the factz on Manchester United v West Ham United, including which TV channel its on

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The tea-time kick-off in the Premier League sees Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford. 

United need a win to boost their chances of claiming a Champions League spot, while West Ham want 3 points to keep alive their hopes of finishing 7th, which could be enough for a spot in the Europa League next season.

The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* West Ham took a 3-1 win at the London Stadium in the reverse fixture.
* Manchester United have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions.
* The Hammers have lost 3 of their last 4 matches, all by a 2-0 score line.
* The Red Devil’s have not kept a clean sheet in their last 8 matches in all competitions.
* However, the Hammers have kept just 5 league clean sheet all season. Only Fulham have recorded fewer.