REAL LINE UP PART-EX DEALS FOR DE GEA AND HAZARD
Real Madrid are said to want to sign two of the world’s best players while offloading some of their deadwood in the process.
The La Liga leaders see Manchester United and Chelsea as the patsies as they look to offer a couple of Real’s fringe players in part-exchange for a pair of the Premier League’s biggest stars.
According to the Daily Express, who recycle a report in Diario Gol, Real want to shift James Rodriguez to Old Trafford as part of a deal for David De Gea, while Chelsea are expected to be tempted by the offer of Alvaro Morata and a few quid in return for Eden Hazard.
De Gea has been linked with Real Madrid since the dawn of time, while Hazard’s form this season has reportedly made him Zinedine Zidane’s top target. There have been whispers that both players will give the Premier League another year of service before returning to the continent, and if Real want either or both any sooner, they will surely be told to give their heads a wobble before returning to the negotiating table with more serious offers.
UNITED EYE CARRASCO
The path between the Spanish capital and Old Trafford could be one well travelled this summer, with United linked recently with at least six Madrid-based stars.
According to yesterday’s Gossip, the Red Devils were looking at a £125million double deal for Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak, and today, Don Balon reports Yannick Carrasco is also a subject of interest for Jose Mourinho.
The Belgium winger has scored 10 goals in 30 La Liga appearances this season and the Spanish outlet claims Mourinho sees the 23-year-old’s style as well-suited to the team he wants to build next term.
The report also suggests Champions League participation would be pivotal in persuading Carrasco to join.
CHELSEA TAKE A LOOK AT TIELEMANS
Having played against an English side last week, we expected Youri Tielemans to make an appearance on these pages by the weekend at the latest. But, better late than never, the Anderlecht midfielder is linked today with one of the Premier League’s big guns.
The Daily Express claims Chelsea want to bring the Belgian to Stamford Bridge, having become frustrated in their attempts to sign Atalanta’s Franck Kessie, who is off to Roma, apparently.
Inter Milan are among the frontrunners for Tielemens, who is likely to have another opportunity to catch the eye on Thursday when he skippers his side at Old Trafford for the scond leg of their Europa League quarter-final.
AND THE REST
Mesut Ozil has revealed he was offered a huge sum of money from China to quit Arsenal last summer…Chelsea forward Diego Costa has admitted that he was “angling for a move back to Atletico Madrid” at the start of the season…Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly set to go head-to-head for Alvaro Morata’s signature…Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema could replace Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal next season, if the Chile international leaves the Emirates this summer…Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov, 36, says he held talks with Sunderland over a potential return to the Premier League…Glen Johnson, 32, is close to signing a new contract at Stoke despite interest from Premier League rivals West Ham and Crystal Palace…
Adnan Januzaj wants to stay in England when he is shown the exit door by Manchester United, as expected, this summer…Bournemouth are hopeful Jack Wilshere has not suffered another broken ankle, but he still faces an anxious wait to discover the full extent of the injury…Watford could turn to former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri if they decide to sack Walter Mazzarri at the end of the season…Diafra Sakho had a huge bust-up with West Ham boss Slaven Bilic before Saturday’s draw with Sunderland after he refused to go on the bench…West Bromwich Albion and Celtic are set to fight it out to sign the KAS Eupen forward Henry Onyekuru…Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis hopes to seal his takeover of Nottingham Forest in the next fortnight.