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.