Eden Hazard is tearing it up in the Premier League and Real Madrid should do everything in their power to bring him to the Bernabeu.
It has been three long years since Real Madrid bought a true ‘Galactico’ in the shape of Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez from Monaco for €65 million.
James has largely disappointed and his spell at the Bernabeu looks to be coming to an end in the summer, potentially leaving room for a new superstar in Zidane’s team. Add to this the fact that we are in an election year and one can see club president Florentine Perez reverting to the free-spending habits of the past.
Los Blancos have also been linked with David De Gea and Kylian M’bappe. However, it has been established Hazard is their number one target. The Belgian is back to his best this season and, at 26 years old, is in his prime.
Alvaro Morata is expected to depart with James Rodriguez. There seems to be a realization that Ronaldo, now pushing on at 32 years of age, will not be the centre of the team anymore.
Gareth Bale has had fitness issues while there are doubts over the form of Karim Benzema. This leaves room for Hazard to come in and stake a place as the attacking fulcrum in the team.
The major question remains; can Hazard really turn down a move to the biggest club in the world?
Manchester United inevitably lost Cristiano Ronaldo, Tottenham accepted defeat by losing both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, while Liverpool let Luis Suarez join Barcelona.
It would most likely take a world record fee to even tempt Chelsea, while Hazard would also need to push for the move meaning we could be entering a long running transfer saga.
Real Madrid have set out their stall and begun the ‘Operation Hazard’ process by leaking to the press of their desire to sign the player. They did the very same with Ronaldo and Bale.
Coincidentally, the Guardian and the Daily Mail have reported that Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to lure Alexis Sanchez from rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge. With every passing disappointing result from Arsene Wenger’s team, it seems inevitable that Sanchez will leave the Gunners
Following the protracted sage that engulfed Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United last summer, football fans could be about to endure another few months of will-he-or-won’t-he with the Premier League’s hottest talent being scouted by Europe’s elite.
Vincent O’Shea, Pundit Arena.