Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man United and Man City battle for Chelsea star

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man United and Man City battle for Chelsea star!


Eden Hazard’s conflict with Jose Mourinho has alerted Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

And they could be joined by Man City, who have a powerful Belgium connection in Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne.

Belgian superstar Hazard, 24, was dropped by Chelsea manager Mourinho last week in spite of being the double Footballer of the Year.

It was reported that Hazard is disappointed and surprised at the way his relationship with Mourinho has changed this season.

Manchester United are also likely to keep a vigil eye on Hazard’s situation.

Old Trafford executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has recently insisted that United will spend big again next summer and Hazard is the kind of superstar they are targeting.

Real have been long-standing admirers of Hazard while doubts are emerging for the first time about Lionel Messi’s future at Barca. And another of Barcelona’s formidable attacking talents – Brazil ace Neymar – is due to discuss a new contract. It all adds up to a potentially interesting transfer window next summer.

Hazard agreed to a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge only eight months ago.

So any bidding for the brilliant Belgian would have to begin at around £70million.

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From hero to zero — that could be used to describe either Jose Mourinho or Eden Hazard based on current events. Chelsea’s manager is in a tricky spot, having been sent to the stands as the Premier League champions lost 2-1 at West Ham on Saturday, while Hazard looks a shell of the player who drew comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning last season’s PFA Player of the Year award.

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to launch themselves as Europe’s premier transfer force and test Chelsea’s resolve with a £75 million January move for Hazard, according to reports. The papers say that PSG — who wanted to go for  both Hazard and Ronaldo this summer — want to “test the playmaker’s relationship with Jose Mourinho” and “are willing to offer an improvement on the Belgian’s £200,000-a-week wages and a return to France.”

Louis van Gaal exclaims that both United and City can attract any player in the world, adding, “I think all the players that I want also want to come here. So it is not a question of the players not coming, it is a question sometimes of the clubs stopping them.”