Real Madrid are ready to step up their attempts to land a Chelsea star, while Neymar has his heart set on a sensational future move, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
REAL MADRID GO ALL OUT FOR CHELSEA STAR
Real Madrid will offer one of their forwards as bait in an attempt to land a Chelsea star this coming January, a report claims.
Eden Hazard, who has spoken of his daily quandary over his future, recently teased at the possibility of a future move to Real Madrid.
It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d’Or – as the world’s best player – he would have to play in Spain.
“That’s why I want to go, maybe,” said Hazard, who was smiling.
Asked if that move might happen in January, Hazard said: “No.”
Now, Spanish outlet OK Diario claim that Los Blancos will offer former Spurs man Gareth Bale to Chelsea in a bid to prise Eden Hazard away.
It is believed that Real will attempt to trim their wage bill to facilitate Hazard’s arrival, and offering Bale allows them to do that.
However, there are doubts about whether the Blues would be willing to take on his huge £350k-a-week (after tax) wages.
Manchester United have also been linked with the Welshman, and when Bale said in the immediate aftermath of the match that he needs to playing more often and would need to consider his future at the Bernabeu, Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda told OK Diario that United lodged a €222.5m bid the very next day.
Meanwhile, a conflicting report from Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Hazard will sign a contract extension with Chelsea.
AND THE REST
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar still wants to move back to Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid will prevent Vinicius Junior playing in the South American Under-20 championships against his will (GlobeEsport)
Real Betis winger Joaquin Sanchez turned down a move to Chelsea in 2006 despite a €36m agreement for the player, says his father
Inter have made initial enquiries over the availability of Malcom from Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo)
Roma have made Porto’s Hector Herrera their priority for the midfield although Inter and Tottenham are also interested in the Mexico star (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Roma are also monitoring the situation of €50m-rated defender Matthijs de Ligt, linked with Spurs and Barcelona (Calciomercato)
Atletico Madrid are among the leading candidates to sign Genoa’s in-form forward Krzysztof Piatek (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Liverpool forward Firmino is at the top of Barcelona’s wishlist – but he could cost as much as €200m (El Chiringuito de Jugones)
Barcelona are considering a January loan move for Zenit Saint Petersburg defender Branislav Ivanovic (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal is due to appear in a Munich court on Wednesday following a charge of aggravated battery (Sport Bild)
Relations at boardroom level between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid have become strained after the latter signed a youth player (Cadena Cope)
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