Real Madrid are said to be lining up a mega-money move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in the future, should Cristiano Ronaldo depart the Santiago Bernabeu for Manchester United, and it wouldn’t be the first time they have done so.
According to information released by Belgian newspaper DH today, and brought to our attention by talkSPORT, Los Blancos were desperate to land Hazard before he became a Blues player in 2012, and made several attempts to sign him before he pledged his future to the west London giants.
Since then Hazard has grown significantly in stature, and his now rightly regarded as one of the most promising talents in world football. As such the interest in him from the richest sides on the planet has continued to increase overtime, and on more than one occasion has Jose Mourinho been forced to flatly refuse the idea of a sale.
Hazard to Madrid
Nevertheless in recent days the notion of Hazard moving to Mourinho’s former haunt and becoming a Galactico charged with replacing Ronaldo has been widespread.
The Portuguese superstar is said to be unsettled in Madrid, enough so to make the idea of him departing realistically feasible, and so Los Blancos chiefs are scouring the market for a contingency plan should the worst case scenario come to fruition.
It’s thought that United are ready to pounce with regards to Ronaldo’s discontent at his current club and, though it would take a monumental fee for any agreement to be reached, Van Gaal would likely be given a blank chequebook in order to try and entice the ex-Old Trafford hero back to Manchester.
If Ronaldo were to do the unthinkable and leave the Bernabeu then of course there would be a very limited pool from which Madrid could draw from when it came to finding an adequate replacement.
At the age of 23 though Hazard is perhaps the most suitable option and, although Mourinho would be loathe to strengthen his old team by selling his best player, Florentino Perez usually has a knack of getting his man.
If reports in DH are true then Madrid will have an extra incentive to land Hazard, given the fact that he slipped through their grasp last time around. It’s said that in the days leading up to the playmaker’s switch to Chelsea, which was made for around £32 million, the La Liga giants tried to disrupt negotiations, though they were ultimately unsuccessful.