The Chelsea talisman is unwavering in his desire to complete what he has previously described as a dream move
Eden Hazard remains hopeful that Real Madrid will be able to complete a big-money move to sign him in the summer, as his Chelsea contract prepares to enter its final year, Goal understands.
Madrid have been interested in signing Hazard since late 2016 and it is expected that Los Blancos will have to pay over £100 million ($130m) to complete a deal.
Isco has become dispensable for the Santiago Bernabeu club, meaning the potential sale of the Spain international would go some way towards putting a dent in the figures necessary to sign Belgium international Hazard.
In addition, Madrid have shown restraint in the two previous summer transfer windows, leading to a budget capable of securing a deal for a superstar attacker.
The Spanish capital club do have one factor on their side, however, with Hazard’s contract set to enter its final year this summer. Still, that leverage would only go so far given the quality of the player in question.
However, it remains uncertain whether Madrid will make an offer for the 28-year-old, who has previously indicated that he will be happy to remain at Stamford Bridge if a move doesn’t materialise.
In that scenario, the Belgium captain will likely see out the rest of his career at Chelsea, though he has made no secret of his desire to join the European champions, stating that it would be a ‘dream move’.
N’Golo Kante signed a record-breaking new contract at Chelsea, to the tune of £290,000 a week, in November, and the figures mentioned in talks with Hazard’s representatives suggest that he will get an even bigger deal should he stay at the club.
Manchester City briefly entertained the idea of making Hazard their first £100m signing, but a move is not seen as viable anymore by either party.
A quote from Hazard recently hit the headlines, with the attacker telling French TV station RMC: “I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision.”
The documentary was filmed two weeks ago, however, and his decision appears to be conditional on the offer that Real Madrid may, or may not, put forward.
Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus
Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.
Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.
It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.
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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.
The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates
France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.
Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.
Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.
France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.
The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.
The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.
Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.
Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.
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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.
Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”
Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.
“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.
“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.
“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.
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