Real Madrid to spend £160m to land Chelsea and Man United's best players: La Liga side ready to break bank in summer Premier League raid
Real Madrid are eyeing up moves for two of the Premier League’s best players this summer as they look to revamp their squad. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s David de Gea are the players in question, with the Daily Mirror suggesting Los Blancos will make luring the pair to the Santiago Bernabeu their priority.
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De Gea, 26, has been a long-term target for the current LaLiga leaders. The Spain goalkeeper almost signed for the club in 2015, but for a paperwork malfunction to end their hopes of signing him that summer. Keylor Navas, the man he could be replacing, was all set to head to Old Trafford as part of the deal, but once it didn’t come off, De Gea signed a new contract with the Red Devils, then managed by Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal has sinced been replaced by former Real boss Jose Mourinho, but with the club in fifth place in the Premier League, Champions League qualification is far from certain and De Gea could take this opportunity to finally complete a move to the European champions.
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Boss Zinedine Zidane is also keen to sign Hazard, also 26. The Belgian has been in scintillating form this term, helping Chelsea to the top of the league and on the brink of a fifth title in Antonio Conte’s debut season.
The winger, who joined the Blues from Lille in 2012, has been linked with an exit on numerous occasions before but has always maintained his commitment to the club. Zidane, though, is keen to strengthen his attacking options, with the futures of James Rodriguez, Isco and Alvaro Morata all uncertain. Cristiano Ronaldo is now 32, meaning the hunt is on for his long-term successor.
While Chelsea will want to keep Hazard at Stamford Bridge, Real hope they could be enticed into negotiations by including Morata in a deal. The striker worked with Conte at Juventus and the Italian has previously shown an interest in bringing him to England. Having re-joined Real after they activated A buy-back clause in his Juve contract, Morata has struggled to assert himself and could be moved on.
After winning the Champions League in his debut seasom last term, Zidane is on the verge of winning the club’s first LaLiga title since 2012, with arch-rivals Barcelona currently two points adrift in second place, having played a game more.