The £100m Galactico?
It is going to take a world-record bid from Real Madrid to prise Eden Hazard away from Chelsea, according to numerous reports. Zinedine Zidane’s Real have zeroed in on making the Belgian playmaker their next Galactico, and they are prepared to break the £100m-barrier, the Daily Mail claims. The 26-year-old still has three years left on his current contract at Chelsea, but the club are reportedly readying a new deal to ward off the interest from Spain.
Paper Round’s view: It’s time for another Galactico – and that’s pretty clear given that the elections for the Real presidency take place later this year. Current chief Florentino Perez will look to make another marquee signing and Hazard quite rightly fits the bill given his title-winning (nearly there) efforts this season. Only concern would be his absence of form during Chelsea’s faltering 2015-16 campaign – how would Hazard fare with the Bernabeu boo boys on his back?
Chelsea move for Van Dijk
Southampton are anticipating bids within the region of £50m for defender Virgil Van Dijk this summer, and Chelsea are favourite to land the 25-year-old, according to the Telegraph. The Premier League leaders will look to make Van Dijk a long-term replacement for captain John Terry, who is unlikely to receive a new contract. Southampton meanwhile will look to bring in Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho to fill the gap.
Paper Round’s view: Van Dijk will be highly sought after this summer and it will be interesting to see what sort of fight Southampton put up. Champions League football at Stamford Bridge could prove to be all too tempting for the Dutchman, who would walk into their starting XI even with their impressive defensive record this season.
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Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Paper Round: Zidane backs £100m bid for next Galactico