REAL WANT HAZ­ARD, COURTOIS

May of­fer Ro­driguez and Mo­rata as part of the deal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

REAL Madrid will try to sign Chelsea’s Eden Haz­ard and Thibaut Courtois this sum­mer, with Colom­bian James Ro­driguez and Spain striker Al­varo Mo­rata of­fered as part of the deal.

It is a pres­i­den­tial year at the Span­ish club and al­though Florentino Perez is ex­pected to win without se­ri­ous op­po­si­tion, he still wants to make a mark in the trans­fer mar­ket af­ter two quiet years without a ma­jor sign­ing.

Haz­ard has been sin­gled-out by the club, with cur­rent coach Zine­dine Zi­dane’s full back­ing, as the next player on the Galatico con­veyor belt.

Madrid pres­i­dent Perez also wants Courtois to be the club’s new goal­keeper, which would mean not hav­ing to re­turn to the failed at­tempt to prise David de Gea from Manch­ester United.

It is un­der­stood Real Madrid are al­ready in con­tact with both play­ers in­di­rectly and al­though the pair are happy at Chelsea they would make the move to Spain.

Courtois has long han­kered for a re­turn to the Span­ish cap­i­tal where he spent three sea­sons on loan at Atletico Madrid.

And Haz­ard is se­duced by the idea of hav­ing a new Real Madrid team built around him.

The blueprint for next sea­son has al­ready been drawn up with Haz­ard at the top of a mid­field di­a­mond, flanked by Luka Mo­dric and Toni Kroos and un­der­pinned by the Brazil­ian Casemiro.

Gareth Bale would play up front along­side ei­ther Cris­tiano Ron­aldo or Karim Ben­zema.

Chelsea are likely to re­sist bids for two of their most in­flu­en­tial play­ers but coach An­to­nio Conte is a huge ad­mirer of Mo­rata who he wanted to bring to Stam­ford Bridge last sum­mer.

And the Colom­bian in­ter­na­tional Ro­driguez is seen as the most like-for-like swap for Haz­ard on the mar­ket at the mo­ment.

He has lost his way at Madrid but he is only 26 this July and re­mains a huge tal­ent.

Courtois and Mo­rata looks the more straight­for­ward half of the busi­ness that Madrid want to do with Chelsea this sum­mer.

The club are con­fi­dent they can find another top goal­keeper if they lose the Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional.

And Mo­rata is un­set­tled at Madrid be­cause his first team chances con­tinue to be lim­ited de­spite his goals per games record.

Haz­ard will be more dif­fi­cult to prise away from Ro­man Abramovich’s club.

Even if Chelsea sub­se­quently get op­tions on Ro­driguez they will still de­mand a huge fee for 26year-old Haz­ard who they signed for £32 mil­lion (RM176 mil­lion) in 2012 from Lille. Daily Mail

AP PIC

Chelsea’s Eden Haz­ard con­trols the ball dur­ing their FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal match against Manch­ester United on March 13.

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