Category: La Liga

Bad news for Chelsea as £67m-rated star could be on the move

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has learned that Real Madrid are likely to sign Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, according to Don Balon.

What’s the word?

When most top players in the Premier League are performing well, they tend to be linked with moves to Europe’s elite.

Hazard’s eight goals and four assists in 21 appearances have reportedly put him on the transfer wishlists of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

It is not the first time that the Belgian has been named as a potential target for the Spanish duo.

This time, though, Don Balon reports that Real boss Zinedine Zidane has finally convinced club president Florentino Perez to make a move for Hazard.

The publication adds that Messi has found out about the proposed deal, which gives Los Blancos an upper hand over their rivals.

Could this deal finally happen?

Hazard has often spoken of his commitment to Chelsea, but he has never insisted that he wants to end his career at Stamford Bridge.

The playmaker has been part of the Blues’ setup since his 2012 switch from Lille and in that time has won four trophies, including two Premier League titles.

A five-year stretch is a long time for a player of his calibre to stay at one club when numerous elite outfits have been keen on nabbing his signature.

It seems that this summer could be the right time for Hazard to make the jump given that Real could benefit from an injection of talent.

Gareth Bale has been struggling with injuries, while Cristiano Ronaldo has not failed to recreate his scintillating form in La Liga.

For Chelsea, though, if Hazard departs it could be a disaster with regard to future recruitment.

It could also force Antonio Conte to walk out the exit gates, particularly as he was frustrated with the transfer activity in the summer.

'Real Madrid came to me' – £67.5m-rated Man United star reveals he rejected Bernabeu move

Paul Pogba has confirmed that he rejected the chance to join Real Madrid in favour of returning to Manchester United in the summer of 2016.

Pogba sealed a return to United ahead of the 2016-17 campaign after the Red Devils paid Juventus £89m for his services.

The midfielder initially left Old Trafford in 2012 after becoming frustrated with his lack of opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson. After a successful spell at Juventus, Pogba re-joined the 20-time English champions.

Pogba, who is valued at £67.5m by, has revealed that Real Madrid also wanted to sign him during the same summer, but the Frenchman was set on a return to United.

Pogba told Beyond the Pitch:

“To be honest, Real Madrid came to me and I was thinking to go there, and I was thinking to go to Manchester United too.

“But I always felt it in my heart. My heart told me to come back here [Manchester], I don’t know why, I didn’t know what was going to happen. But I did it, and I don’t regret. I never regret my choice.”

Pogba scored nine times in 51 appearances for United last season as the Red Devils landed the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League.

The France international has also been in impressive form during the 2017-18 campaign, although he is currently on the sidelines through suspension.

Man United's Premier League rivals ready to pay £52.8m for Mourinho target

According to reports in Spanish media outlet Diario Gol, Manchester United only face competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, but his €90m (approximately £79.2m right now) price tag could prove to be an issue.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Diario Gol says that Real are willing to let the injury-hit attacker – who has missed 250 days since joining the La Liga giants in 2013 – leave the Bernabeu, but he will only leave for one of Europe’s biggest clubs and not many of those are willing to pay the money that president Florentino Perez wants for the Wales international.

Diario Gol says that Perez wants to €90m (approximately £79.2m) to let the 28-year-old leave, but no one is willing to pay that fee.

The report adds that the only two clubs willing to make offers below that amount are the Red Devils and Spurs, with the former not willing to negotiate until the price is reduced and the latter only willing to pay €60m (approximately £52.8m right now).

How has Bale done this season?

The Welshman’s injury problems have meant that he has been limited to just 10 outings so far this term, in which he has scored three goals and provided a further five assists.

The 29-year-old has already suffered from calf and thigh problems during the current campaign, and despite playing 28 minutes as a substitute and picking up two assists against Fuenlabrada in the cup last month, he suffered recurrence of the calf issue which has kept him on the sidelines since.

Would he be a good signing for United?

He certainly would be, as long as he was fit on a regular basis.

Given his injury record it is no wonder that they aren’t willing to pay around £80m for Bale’s services, but Jose Mourinho will also be well aware of the difference he could make for them in the final third because of his versatility and quality.

The Wales international’s pace, dribbling ability, strength in the air and all-round goal threat would make him a superb addition, but United will be hoping Real lower their demands either during the January transfer window or next summer to make a deal possible.

Manchester United fans make very bold predictions following Champions League draw

Manchester United have received some positive news following Sunday’s defeat to neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s side avoided a horror tie in the Champions League last-16 draw, which will see all five English teams competing.

United will take on Sevilla across two legs in the hope of reaching the quarter-finals of the elite competition.

The North-West outfit have not played in the Champions League since the 2015-16 season, in which they failed to progress from the group stage.

United were unable to claim a top-four finish in the 2016-17 league campaign, but winning the Europa League ensured their place this season.

The last-16 tie will mark the first time that the two clubs have played against one another competitively.

United’s arch rivals Liverpool are familiar with Sevilla having faced them twice in the group stage and drawing both games.

Following the announcement of the draw, fans tweeted their reaction, which was by and large full of confidence.

'Time to say goodbye,' 'Not impossible' – Chelsea fans react to tough Champions League battle

With all five English teams progressing into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, a couple were bound to be handed difficult ties.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were dealt the toughest draws, with the Blues taking on Barcelona and Mauricio Pochettino’s men going head to head with Juventus in the last-16 stage.

After Antonio Conte’s men were stunned in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday, the team would have been hoping for better news today.

It was not to be, though, as Chelsea learned that they will have to get through th five-time European champions in order to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

It is not all doom and gloom, though, as the West London outfit can draw on their semi-final win over Barcelona in the 2011-12 season.

Chelsea went on to lift the crown that season under manager Roberto Di Matteo.

After the draw was announced, fans took to Twitter with their reactions, which were a mix of confidence and dread.