The transfer tittle-tattle dominating the back pages today is that Manchester United are lining up a £65million move for Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid will be aggrieved to hear this given their long pursuit of the Belgian winger and must now prepare for competition for his signature.
Moving to the Spanish giants would be a dream move for most, but in this instance it would not be the most intelligent decision for Hazard.
Zinedine Zidane has inherited a team that boasts a wide array of talent, particularly in terms of attacking midfielders, and the Chelsea man may find it hard to break into the team.
Real currently operate with three players off the striker and those spots are filled by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.
Displacing a two-time Ballon d’Or winner, a two-time PFA Player of the Year and the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner is an almost impossible task and could see Hazard having to settle for limited appearances.
Furthermore, Los Merengues also have Mateo Kovacic and Isco in their ranks and both these young and talented creative players will provide competition for places.
Conversely, the Red Devils have been really lacking in the attacking department this season and Hazard would walk into the starting line-up.
Anthony Martial has done well when operating as a left-winger and is his team’s top league scorer with five, but is a striker by trade.
On the opposite flank, Memphis Depay has really struggled since his summer move, finding the net just four times and failing to provide an assist.
Of course, Hazard has also been putting in poor performances this season, but his form during Chelsea’s title-winning campaign shows just how important he can be for a team in the Premier League.
The reigning Player of the Year would have no problem getting into Louis van Gaal’s first eleven, a luxury he wouldn’t have at Madrid, and he would be able to add some extra attacking potency to a Man Utd side that has only scored 24 goals in 20 Premier League matches.
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