Both PSG’s Neymar and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard are key targets for Real Madrid this summer as they look to overhaul their ageing squad following a disappointing season.
Real Madrid have submitted a bid for Hazard which has been rejected by Chelsea but it is believed the Spanish club will return a better offer as they seek to sign the Belgian this summer.
With Hazard having just one year left on his Chelsea contract, the Blues know the Belgian must be sold this summer or risk losing him for free in the summer of 2020.
Neymar, who is also wanted by Real Madrid, has told the Spanish club to sign Eden Hazard as well as himself this summer. Neymar wants Real Madrid to make both signings this summer to lessen the pressure on himself.
“An interesting side element in this is when we discussed that Real Madrid’s priority, Florentino Perez’s priority for the summer, was Neymar, what would the implications be for Eden Hazard?” Duncan Castles said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“Would that rule out the possibility of him moving there? We said it didn’t.
“What I’m hearing is that Neymar is actually in favour of Real Madrid moving for Hazard as well as himself.
“The reason is he doesn’t want to be the only big-name signing coming into Madrid this summer, in this sort of huge transfer window they have ahead of them with Zidane back in place, with the idea that they have to overhaul their squad and turn themselves back into contenders for the Champions League and more importantly try and get the Spanish title back from Barcelona.
“Neymar’s conscious that if such a large transfer fee is expended on him, if he gets the high wages that will be needed to take him out of PSG, and he comes as the kind of hero figure, supposed to be the player on the pitch who can turn around and make the different that Cristiano Ronaldo made, that might be too difficult or too much pressure on him, or make his transition to Madrid, which he wants to be successful, harder than it could be.
“So he’s encouraging Madrid to do other big-name deals along with him.
“So there you have the answer to ‘can you have Hazard and Neymar being signed in the one summer?’.
“As far as Madrid are concerned, you can if you can get Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain to agree the deals.”