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.
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.
Premier League clubs Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are all considering making a bid for Real Madrid star Isco this summer as his relationship with the club continues to deteriorate.
Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under manager Santiago Solari this season and was left out of the match day squad last weekend over concerns over his fitness and focus. Solari has reportedly also requested that Real bosses take disciplinary action against the forward.
Isco also refused to board the team bus ahead of Real’s Champions League defeat against Ajax last week, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
With Real planning a major clearout of players this summer after their poor season – culminating in being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax at the last 16 stage – it looks increasingly likely that Isco will be one of the players to depart.
There will be no shortage of interest in the 26-year-old. Manchester United are looking for creative attackers, especially if misfit Alexis Sanchez moves on.
Meanwhile London rivals Spurs and Arsenal will be looking to bolster their squads in order to be able to make a sustained bid to win the Premier League title.
However, Arsenal May have to sell before they could buy a player of Isco’s value. Mesut Ozil would The the obvious name to be sold in that case, given his fractious relationship with manager Unai Emery and £350,000 per week wage packet.
Isco would likely command a transfer fee in excess of £50 million, given his age and record prior to this season.
Liverpool and Manchester United are both considering making a bid for Real Madrid’s out-of-favour forward Isco this summer, according to reports.
Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu this season. He has made just 5 starts in La Liga and scored only one goal.
With Madrid planning a major shake-up of playing staff this summer, Isco could be one of the names sold by manager Santiago Solari to bring in cash to fund the anticipated spending spree.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport has claimed that Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in taking the 26-year-old to England. The paper also said that Juventus are also interested in a potential deal.
Isco has won 4 Champions League titles with Madrid since he joined from Malaga in 2013.
At 26, he should be in the peak years of his career, and with a contract that runs until 2022, Madrid could command a hefty fee for him. When previous rumours of potential deals for Isco have emerged, fees of up to £100 million have been mentioned. But, considering his fall down Los Blancos’ pecking order and their plans for a squad revamp, then a lower off could secure his signature.
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