Hazard & Pogba sagas, big exodus & more in weekly transfer round-up
Real Madrid are planning major squad overhaul this summer and various top-tier players continue to be lined with the move to the Bernabeu.
2 Major Sagas:
• Eden Hazard
After literal years of being linked with a move to the Royal club, this seems to be the year when the Belgian's transfer to the Bernabeu will finally come to the fruition. According to a highly influential source from Hazard's native Belgium, Kristof Terreur, Real Madrid have already made a bid for the Belgian and Hazard has reportedly encouraged them to do so. Apparently, it's 'now or never' for Hazard to orchestrate his 'dream' move.
Players to register double figures for goals and assists in Europe's top five leagues this season:— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 15, 2019
L. Messi -- 33 ⚽️, 12 🅰️
E. Hazard -- 16 ⚽️, 12 🅰️
J. Sancho -- 10 ⚽️, 13 🅰️
P. Sarabia -- 11 ⚽️, 11 🅰️
N. Pepe -- 19 ⚽️, 11 🅰️
D. Mertens -- 11 ⚽️, 10 🅰️https://t.co/BwvcOK7fm0 pic.twitter.com/FFRPBwgsht
As Diario AS report, both Real Madrid and the player himself are in the agreement over the potential move. The final word from Chelsea is the only thing which doesn't allow the deal to get settled. Luckily, AS believe the Blues are expected to give green light to Hazard's departure in the upcoming days.
• Paul Pogba
Another Galactico signing allegedly wanted at the Bernabeu. According to Marca, to see the midfielder joining Real Madrid would have to offer Manchester United at least 150 million euros with this sum being the transfer talks' starting point. The report in the Madrid-based outlet also adds that the two sides agreed to meet up to discuss the issue in a month time with the Reds still fighting in the Champions League and the Premier League.
United are going to try and offer Pogba a contract extension, with the current deal set to expire in 2021. As for Real Madrid, they are still hoping to land the player but would consider different alternatives in case if the price tag is deemed too much.
Searching for Striker:
• Joao Felix
Real Madrid scouts watched the Benfica sensation netting a hattrick in the Europa League quarter-final against Eintracht Frankfurt and were left mighty impressed. Considering the fact that Los Blancos followed the youngster since 2017, they'd certainly want to seal the deal for Joao, who is already labelled a generational talent. Nevertheless, it won't be easy with Juventus supposedly having an edge in the transfer race due to their close relationship with Felix's agent, mighty Jorde Mendes.
João Felix has been directly involved in 15 goals in 19 league & Europa League starts this season.— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 11, 2019
Phenomenal return. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/h8QqCXOeg9
• Luca Jovic
21-year-old forward Luka Jovic is believed to be Real Madrid's primary transfer target to make up for Cristiano Ronaldo's departure and strengthen the misfiring attacking line, according to Marca. His potential transfer fee is estimated to be around 60 and 70 million euros. According to Diario AS, Eintracht would rather sell their sensational striker to Real Madrid than anyone else to establish better connection to the Bernabeu outfit.
Benzema & Jovic can play together to form a formidable partnership which benefits Real Madrid in a larger scale.— Ashish Romea (@RMadridEngineer) April 14, 2019
If you want the Best Madrid Player of this season sold or want to avoid quality goal scorers, you definitely have an agenda. pic.twitter.com/31qJIuJphq
• Raul de Tomas
Finally, if no high-profile striker would be signed, Real Madrid would reportedly consider bringing Raul de Tomas back from Rayo Vallecano loan to play the role of Karim Benzema's back-up. According to Diario AS, the 24-year-old will return to the Bernabeu on one condition: the role of a semi-regular in Zidane's team. The forward knows that he has little to no chance to become a regular in the best club in the world but he wants to get his 'fair chance' and a sufficient amount of playing time.
AS: Raul De Tomás could be Benzema’s substitute for Real Madrid next season. He has scored 38% of the goals for Rayo Vallecano this season, putting him second highest Spanish strikers. pic.twitter.com/uYMXjcGns0— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) April 9, 2019
Zinedine Zidane surprisingly lifted lid on Real Madrid's future during Sunday's press conference ahead of Monday's away game at Leganes. He refused to give exact names of the players who are certain to leave but mentioned Toni Kroos as one of those whose position at the club could only be settled by the end of the current campaign.
The boss said: "There will be talk about Toni, other players who I don’t want… but all the players here are big players and good players. The only thing I will say is that we will have changes, we will know at the end of the season which players will stay."
Zidane asked in pre-match press conference today if there are players who are definitely staying this summer, he says "Yes, but I'm not going to tell you who. We're obviously not going to change everything."— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) April 14, 2019
Kroos' future is a rather delicate issue at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. On Friday, Diario AS revealed that the German midfielder was thinking of leaving Real Madrid after reaching every milestone with the club. However, he reacted to the speculations by replying to the story on his Twitter and denied any truth to the rumour started by Diario AS: "Absolutely false information!"