The imminent opening of the international transfer window has seen the continent’s giants roused from their slumber. Leading the way are Real Madrid, keen to strengthen their squad before a two-window transfer ban begins on 1st September.
With negotiations for Paul Pogba, 23, advancing in the background, coach Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez, are planning spectacular signings which herald a return to the Galacticos transfer policy.
Having expressed an interest in Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante, 25, last season’s Champions League winners are turning their attention to strengthening their forward line. Top of their list is Chelsea’s Belgian international, Eden Hazard, 25.
The winger endured a poor season in 2015/16 as Chelsea’s title defence crumbled but rediscovered his sparkle at this summer’s Euro 2016. Zidane has been a long-time admirer of the mercurial winger and wants to bring him to the Bernabeu to form a strike trio with Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, and Karim Benzema, 28, which rivals Barcelona’s MSN triumvirate.
With Chelsea interested in Spanish international Alvaro Morata, 23, Perez is prepared to use the striker as a bargaining chip to bring Hazard to Madrid. With a valuation of £75m, Real are prepared to offer £40m cash plus the part-exchange to seal the deal.
Morata may not be so easily convinced. He was reported in the Spanish media as claiming that he would only go to a club where he “felt important” and being used as a makeweight is not likely to fuel that feeling.
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