Real Madrid will open talks with Chelsea over a $265 million switch for Eden Hazard, but the Blues won’t go down without a fight.
Meanwhile, Brazilian superstar Neymar has opened the door to a Premier League move at some point in his career.
All that and more in another edition of Rumour Mill!
HAZARD’S DREAM MOVE NOT OVER YET
Eden Hazard has not agreed terms with Real Madrid – but talks over his A$265 million switch are reportedly set to take place.
The La Liga giants are not expected to meet Chelsea’s huge valuation of the Belgian, but could offer a part-exchange deal including Mateo Kovacic, according to AS.
Hazard, who is out of contract with the Blues next season, has admitted that it is his “dream” to play for Madrid.
But it is understood that there has not been an official deal made between the two clubs regarding his switch to Spain.
– The Sun
NEYMAR HINTS AT FUTURE MOVE TO PREMIER LEAGUE
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has opened the door to moving to the Premier League at some point in his career.
Neymar revealed his admiration for the Premier League, in response to a question by Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy, who was one of a number of current and former player to ask him a question on his YouTube channel.
Mendy asked him: “Neymar Jnr, answer me in French. Do you think you’ll one day play in the Premier League?”
Neymar replied: “It is a big competition, one of the greatest in the world.
“We don’t know what will happen tomorrow but I believe that every great player, at least one day, has to play in the Premier League.
“If you’re playing there, I hope you can keep enjoying the Premier League, because you deserve only the best.”
Football: David Beckham plans on signing Neymar to his Inter Miami club in 2028 and says he will get the Brazilian star to pen his commitment onto a blank piece of paper.
CITY TARGET DENIES PSG DEAL IS DONE
Frenkie de Jong has not agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain and will stay with Ajax until at least the end of the season.
De Telegraaf reported the 21-year-old was bound for the French champions next summer in a deal worth $118.5m.
But in an interview with the same publication the Manchester City and Barcelona target denied the move has been finalised.
The midfielder said: “There is no deal. Nothing has been decided yet. I would not be able to make a decision now. I will not leave in the winter anyway.”
– The Sun
PL GIANTS SUFFER BLOW AS TARGET AGREES NEW JUVE CONTRACT
Alex Sandro has reportedly agreed a new deal with Juventus – landing a hammer blow to Manchester United and Chelsea.
The 27-year-old has been a long-term target for the two Premier League giants but this could spell the end of their pursuit of the Brazilian.
It is understood the fullback is set to sign a contract extension with the Old Lady that will keep him at the club until 2023 — on a deal worth $12m-a-year.
If true, the contract would put him among the top earners at the club behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.
– The Sun
WANTAWAY UTD STAR ON HAMMERS’ RADAR
Manchester United star Antonio Valencia is wanted by West Ham on a free transfer next summer.
The 33-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season, and has struggled to meet Jose Mourinho’s expectations this campaign.
He is free to talk to clubs around Europe in January, with sides in Italy and Spain showing interest.
But the Hammers are looking to snap up the Ecuadorean ace in their search for a new right-back.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is a huge fan of Valencia, who has played in England for the past 12 years.
– The Sun