Real Madrid in talks to sign £100m attacker and will follow up world record transfer with additional £70m capture
Real Madrid are hoping to lure two of the Premier League’s biggest names to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with Zinedine Zidane hoping to defend the La Liga title, which they won this season for the first time in five years.
Los Blancos could also become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League in the modern era when they face Juventus in the final on Saturday in Cardiff. The Italians are looking to win the title for the first time since 1996, while also hoping to close out the first treble in their illustrious history.
But Zidane has arguably the strongest squad on the planet at his disposal and is keen to add to it. According to The Sun, the Frenchman wants to make Chelsea star Eden Hazard the first ever £100million player. The Belgian, 26, returned to his very best for the Blues this season, inspiring them to the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s debut campaign as manager.
There have been reports in recent months that Hazard was so keen to join Real that he had found a house to buy in Madrid. But he has always insisted he is committed to the cause at Stamford Bridge and would be open to staying. Conte and partner in crime Diego Costa are also being heavily linked with summer exits, and it is vital that Chelsea keep hold of them if they are to progress ans launch an assault upon their return to the Champions League next season.
Similarly, Real are hunting Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, with Sky Sports reporting this week that a bid of £60million was rejected by the Red Devils. Despite their denial of a bid being received, Sky are suggesting that a £70million bid could be launched.
De Gea is, without doubt, one of the best goalkeepers in the world and a prime target for the Spanish side. The 26-year-old almost joined them two years ago, but for paperwork issues to scupper the deal at the last minute. After being ostracised by then boss Louis van Gaal while surrounded by speculation, he later penned a new deal at Old Trafford has helped the club win the FA Cup, Charity Shield, League Cup and Europa League since.
But it will undoubtedly be another long summer for United fans, who will hope the prospect of a long, successful spell under Jose Mourinho is enough to convince De Gea to shun advances from his homeland.