Newcastle United are reportedly ready to pounce on the potential transfer of Real Madrid star Eden Hazard during the upcoming January transfer window.
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing superstar winger Eden Hazard from Real Madrid, according to sensational reports from Spanish outlet Fichajes.
The Belgium international has struggled to make an impact at Real Madrid since making the £100 million move from Stamford Bridge to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2019. He has laboured for form and fitness, some of his own doing while having bad luck other times.
Hazard was truly a world-class player during his time in the Premier League; scoring 110 goals in 352 games is no mean feat, while he has proved to be a clutch player for Chelsea throughout.
But he’s managed just seven goals in four years with Los Blancos, who now seem to have given up hope on Hazard rediscovering his form and are open to letting him go after the World Cup, which could be a chance for him to somewhat remind everyone of his quality and quite possibly put himself in the shop window in order to earn a winter move elsewhere.
The 31-year-old has a history of doing it on the international stage, scoring 33 goals in 122 matches for Belgium, and remains a key international player ahead of the World Cup.
The former Chelsea man has struggled for minutes this season as well, with just three La Liga appearances to his name so far this season. His days at the Bernabeu look to be numbered in what could be encapsulated as a disastrous spell in Spain.
If recent reports are to be believed, he could be on his way back to England, on the shores where he is still very highly regarded. Aston Villa are looking to make him the figurehead of their project under new manager Unai Emery, while high-flying Newcastle United are also plotting an ambitious swoop for the Belgian international.
As per journalist Ekrem Konur, Eddie Howe’s side would be willing to pay around €25 million to acquire Hazard’s services this winter, with Los Merengues open to the proposal as they look to offload his astronomical wages off their books.
Newcastle United moved up to third in the Premier League with a 4-1 victory against Southampton over the weekend, and Eddie Howe’s side plans to remain active in the transfer market.
Since their Saudi-backed acquisition, the Magpies have been linked with big-name signings but haven’t done so as of yet, which may prove an excellent landing spot for the Belgian with the club heading in an upward direction.
While they have not fallen into the usual trap of springing for mercenaries and older players on monstrous wages, they have called upon experience when needed, with neither Chris Wood, Kieran Trippier, nor Dan Burn considering themselves to be young guns for the long haul.
Newcastle would be taking a huge risk in Hazard’s pursuit nonetheless. Aston Villa signed Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, with the Brazilian really struggling at Camp Nou. And he has not pulled up any trees at Villa Park either. It remains to be seen whether the Magpies’ super-rich owners can keep their cool in the winter transfer market as they did in the windows prior.