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.
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.
Manchester United are set to revive their interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld this summer, but are likely to face stiff competition from Barcelona and Juventus.
Spurs appear resigned to losing Alderweireld in the summer as he has refused to sign a new year. The club activated a clause to extend his existing deal last year but it included a clause that said with one year left he could be sold for £26 million.
That price is viewed as a bargain for the 30-year-old Belgian international and means there will be great interest in him.
United were linked with a £50 million bid for Alderweireld last summer, but no deal was struck. Both manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy were staunch in their refusal to let him go.
Since then, United have been linked with pretty much every top central defender in Europe. However, Alderweireld appears cheaper and more gettable than most others. His Premier League experience would be invaluable too.
However, at that bargain price, others are bound to be interested. La Liga leaders Barcelona have been linked, as have Italian champions Juventus.
Alderweireld could have his pick of the clubs. Whether United stand a chance may well hinge on whether they qualify for the Champions League and who is in permanent charge of the club. Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is favourite to land the job on a full-time basis but others are still in the frame.
Manchester United look set to press ahead with an £80 million move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports.
Sancho has been a standout performer for Dortmund this year, producing a string of impressive displays and goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League. He has managed to keep more established players, such as Christian Pulisic, on the bench.
Inevitably, this has led to rumours of other clubs looking to sign the England player in the summer. The rumour about United’s interest first surfaced some weeks ago, but it is continuing to gain traction.
The Independent is the latest to report United’s interest, saying that an £80 million bid is on the cards. It is thought Sancho fits the ethos of buying young talent in, and he would provide competition for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Any such move would also likely hasten Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Old Trafford. The Chilean has struggled since he joined in January 2018, and could be allowed to leave, either on a permanent or season-long loan.
However, whether Sancho would come is open to question. He is enjoying life in Germany and may decide that another year starting regularly in the Bundesliga might be the best thing for his development.
History shows that while Dortmund may not want to sell, if the price is right they will do a deal.
Real Madrid could break the world transfer record this summer as the club’s president says he wants to sign Paris St-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Florentino Perez made his comments on the strikers as he unveiled Zinedine Zidane as Real’s new manager – taking the reigns just 10 months after he left.
Zidane has been tasked with taking Real back to the top of Spanish and European football next season. To do this, it is anticipated that he will instigate a major shake-up of the playing staff.
This will likely include one marquee player – at least – as the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has never been adequately filled.
Neymar and Mbappe are the obvious choices, having proved themselves in the European and World stages.
There have been constant rumours of Neymar’s disaffection with life in Paris over the past couple of years and he would likely welcome a move back to Spain. He has also been coy on talk about his future in recent weeks.
Meanwhile Mbappe has said he is happy at PSG right now, but has hinted he would like to move to Madrid at some point in his career.
Perez said, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that he thought the presence of fellow Frenchman Zidane could be a full factor in convincing Mbappe to come to the Spanish capital.
But a transfer deal for either would inevitably involve a world record fee. The current £198 million record is held by PSG, when they bought Neymar from Barcelona two summers ago.
PSG would want a fee greater than that for either player, perhaps as much as £250 million. Both are under long contracts and are either at, or not yet reached, their peak years as players, given Neymar is 26 and Mbappe 20.
It is likely that Real would be able to afford one or the other from the pair – plus PSG would not sanction selling both players.
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