Paper Talk: Hazard, Ronaldo and Subotic transfer talk

Date published: Thursday 7th January 2016 8:19

Eden Hazard: Reportedly wants to leave Chelsea

Eden Hazard: Set to come into the Chelsea XI

Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo are apparently set to leave Chelsea and Real Madrid in the summer, while Liverpool want Neven Subotic.


Eden Hazard has made up his mind to leave Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail, but he will not be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge this month.

Paris Saint-Germain apparently believe they are the frontrunners to sign Hazard in the summer, but they are set to face competition from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

PSG will try to capitalise on his unsettled situation at Stamford Bridge with a cut-price offer of around £45million, it is said, but Chelsea consider him to be worth almost double that.

A Chelsea source told the newspaper: “In his head he has already left. It would take some U-turn to keep him.”


Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, despite the appointment of Zinedine Zidane to replace Rafa Benitez as manager.

That is according to the Daily Telegraph, which says Paris Saint-Germain remain favourites to sign Ronaldo ahead of Manchester United.

Benitez was apparently willing to let Ronaldo leave as he looked to create a ‘more team-orientated philosophy’ at the club, and the 30-year-old will still ‘most likely’ be let go, the newspaper claims, despite Zidane revealing his plan to play Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema together in attack.

Bale will reassess his future if his position under Zidane changes, it is said, but the Welshman remains the club’s key man in the eyes of president Florentino Perez.

A Real insider told Telegraph Sport: “Out of Bale and Ronaldo, Ronaldo is the player expected to leave the club. Bale is still seen as the future, whereas Ronaldo’s best years may now be behind him.

“PSG are desperate to sign him and would be favourites at the moment, but United will no doubt try.”

The Sun, meanwhile, claims that United, Chelsea, Bayern and PSG have all made enquiries about Bale.


Louis van Gaal’s long-term future at Manchester United has been thrown into further doubt, with the Daily Mail claiming the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward contacted Carlo Ancelotti about the possibility of taking over at Old Trafford before he agreed to join Bayern Munich.

Bayern were already well down the line in negotiations with Ancelotti when United got in touch, but the Italian’s decision to join the German champions was not set in stone.

However, he was apparently made to feel ‘more wanted’ by Bayern and so snubbed United’s offer.

With the Red Devils’ interest in Jose Mourinho cooling, Ryan Giggs is the most likely man to succeed Van Gaal.


Lionel Messi has been told to expect a reunion with Pep Guardiola – if he quits Barcelona for Manchester City (The Sun)

Jurgen Klopp is talking to former club Borussia Dortmund about centre-half Neven Subotic as he bids to shore up Liverpool’s injury-hit defence (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are set to sign 17-year-old Polish goalkeeper Kamil Grabara from Ruch Chorzow for £250,000 (various)

Juventus and Roma have joined AC Milan in a three-way Serie A fight for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini (The Sun)

Marko Arnautovic’s future at Stoke City has been thrown into doubt after he rejected the club’s opening contract offer and asked to be the best paid player at the club (Daily Telegraph/The Guardian)

Tottenham want to tie down Dele Alli to a new double-your-money deal (Daily Star)

Didier Drogba is in talks to end his playing career at Monreal Impact and become Guus Hiddink’s assistant at Chelsea (Daily Mirro/The Sun)

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is having talks with Roma (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are lining up a move for Sheffield United whizzkid Che Adams (The Sun)

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette rejected the chance to join Newcastle United after the Premier League club made a club-record bid of £19million for the France forward (The Times)

Manchester United have rebuffed a flurry of loan offers from Championship clubs – including Fulham, Blackburn, Burnley and Wolves – for Paddy McNair (The Times)

Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell is wanted by Nottingham Forest, Preston, Brighton and Wolves on loan (Daily Mail)

Arsenal’s Serge Gnraby is set to join Brighton on loan for the rest of the season (The Sun)

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is discussing a loan move to Reading (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa have an enquiry about Lyon striker Claudio Beauvue (Daily Mail)

Leicester City have made an increased £16million bid for Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksander Dragovic (The Times)

Sampdoria and Torino are considering a move for Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric (The Times)

Bournemouth have made a bold enquiry about a loan deal for AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy with a view to a permanent £10million transfer (The Times/The Sun)

Swansea City have Patrick Bamford and Charlie Austin on their radar (Daily Express)

Swansea City are eyeing a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Islam Feruz (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace are among the clubs interested in ending Steven Caulker’s disappointing loan spell at Southampton early (Daily Telegraph)

Norwich City have slapped a staggering £15million price tag on Nathan Redmond to scare off interest from the likes of Crystal Palace (Daily Mirror)

Udinese are preparing to take advantage of the Pozzo family’s network of clubs to sign Watford duo Alessandro Diamanti and Valon Behrami (The Times)

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