Eden Hazard is struggling to make an impression
With it now looking as though Real Madrid will not be making a bid for Paul Pogba in this summer’s transfer window, it is likely to be defined by the purchase of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.
While a move for French international Pogba might still happen, multiple sources, including Marcelo Bechler are claiming that Real Madrid has had an offer accepted by Ajax for Donny van de Beek.
When writing about the deal for the 22-year-old Dutch playmaker Bechler wrote: “From what I’ve learned, the thing goes further: there is already a proposal accepted by the Dutch club and player. Van de Beek should sign for 5 or 6 years in the next few days. Trading has been around for days.”
Reports in Spanish sports newspaper Marca says that Real Madrid has agreed to a fee of £55 million which is slightly more than a third of the money Manchester United are asking for Pogba.
While we here at Real Madrid FC News would have loved to have seen Paul Pogba come to the Santiago Bernabeu, you must also take into account the World Cup winner’s salary which would have easily been equivalent or not more than the £650,000 per-week they already pay Gareth Bale.
Van de Beek’s salary will be nowhere near that kind of figure and with his reasonable price, it might leave enough transfer money left over to purchase what the club needs, a top-class defender.
Now back to Eden Hazard and what we have seen of the former Lille prodigy so far. After having arrived in Madrid and being described as the best player in the English Premier League, the Belgian international has not shown us anything in pre-season to warrant the fanfare.
Staff at the Valdebebas aren’t all the concerned about the former Chelsea wingers fitness, but more worried about how he will gel with the rest of the team.
One thing is certain though and that is that Hazard must be ready and able to hit the ground running once the season starts.
While taking to the field during pre-season Hazard seemed more at home when he was playing alongside Karim Benzema and Isco
During Wednesdays Audi Cup match against Fenerbahce, the trio put together some nice short, quick passes that would leave even the best of defences up against it.
Troubling though, is his signature move of cutting in and going for goal from the left-hand side of the pitch and opportunities missed when he had a shot on goal.
Look! We have to be patient and give the new boy time to settle in. Zidane ultimately knows how he wants his team to play football and while they have looked anything but rock solid so far let’s wait until the first game and see how they do.