Real Madrid are in the early stages of plotting a move for Eden Hazard, and will push forward with the plans should Manchester United make a solid attempt to land Gareth Bale in a shock deal.
That comes courtesy of the Daily Star, who claim that Chelsea’s key man remains a target for Real Madrid, despite the fact that Jose Mourinho has absolutely no intention of listening to negotiations.
The Belgian star has continued to impress this year and given his reputation as one of the Premier League’s best players it’s surely only a matter of time before Madrid try and make him their next Galactico.
Indeed the Star claims that though they aren’t making headway at the current time they will shore-up their interest should Bale leave in a shock transfer, such as the like that has been speculated in the last few days.
The Wales international has been nothing short of sensational since his blockbuster arrival from Tottenham Hotspur, but rumours that United are prepared to pay £90 million for his services have led to suggestions that Madrid could cash in on him.
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Despite scoring what turned out to be the winning goal in the Champions League final last term, as well as the winner in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, it’s thought Bale isn’t deemed indispensable at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Hazard could well adequately replace him.
What’s more the ex-Spurs star has strong admirers in United, who have the finances in place to complete such a move should Louis van Gaal deem it a priority. Red Devils chief executive Ed Woodward has already confirmed that there’s no shortage of cash available to the Dutchman in the coming months, and fans would certainly expect success were they to land Bale.
For Real’s part they’re almost certain to resist a sale unless they have a player of similar ability lined up - in this case Hazard.
Carlo Ancelotti will know that regardless of the monetary benefit to be derived from the 25-year-old’s sale the potency of his three-pronged attack would be lessened if Bale were to leave, and there’s no guaranteeing that his replacement would take to Spanish football as well as he has.
Regardless of that though Mourinho proved during the summer through his rejection of Paris Saint-Germain’s advances that he sees Hazard as a potentially world-class asset, so even if Madrid did train their sights on him they would face a tough talks convincing his manager to sell.