Real Madrid have launched ‘Operation Eden Hazard’, but it will take a world-record fee for them to have any chance of signing the Chelsea star.
The fight is on to secure Hazard’s long-term future, with the Blues aware of the Spanish giants’ intention to make him their next Galactico.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea’s resolve to keep the Belgian will weaken if an offer above the world record £89.3million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba is tabled.
The £100m barrier is likely to be broken for the first time if and when Real come calling.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Manchester United are willing to activate the €200 million (£173m) release clause in Barcelona forward Neymar’s contract.
On top of the world record transfer fee, United are also willing to pay Neymar €25m (£21m), or £416,000-a-week, to make the switch to England.
The timing is perfect for United to make the move for Neymar now several reasons. One is that his buyout clause increases in value over the next five years. It rises to €222m in 2017 and then to €250m between 2018 and 2021.
FC Barcelona have announced that they will will face Juventus, Manchester United, and Real Madrid in the fifth edition of the International Champions Cup (ICC) during their preseason tour of the United States this summer.
This will be the seventh time that FC Barcelona have visited the United States in the preseason. In 2003 Frank Rijkaard’s team played three matches in the US against Juventus, AC Milan and Manchester United. Three years later, Barça faced Chivas Guadalajara, América, and the New York Red Bulls. Then in 2008, the first season under Pep Guardiola, FC Barcelona returned to the States to take on Chivas Guadalajara and the New York Red Bulls. A year on, the LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Chivas Guadalajara were the rivals on that tour. Manchester United, Chivas Guadalajara and Club América all faced the blaugranes in 2011. Finally in 2015, Barça faced the LA Galaxy, Manchester United, and Chelsea.
We have finally learnt who Real Madrid will play during their 2017 USA pre-season tour.
As previously announced Zinedine Zidane’s side will participate in the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament this summer, where one of their matches will be against rivals Barcelona in a Clásico fixture in Miami.
In addition, Real will also meet both Manchester United and Manchester City, which means a meetup with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
“It’s a pleasure to once again be here. We’ve taken part in this great tournament several times now and it has always been a fantastic experience, which is why we’ll be back this summer” said the club’s director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueño,
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According to reports out of Spain, Real Madrid have grabbed Juventus striker Paulo Dybala right from under bitter rivals Barcelona’s noses.
The Argentine striker has grown in stature under Allegri, attracting the attention of bith Spanish giants. Dybala scored 23 goals for Juventus last season and has bagged 14 goals this year. There is no doubt that the Argentine forward is a world class talent and would be a stunning addition to any side in world football.
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Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin says it feels ‘special’ for him to be linked with a summer move to Barcelona.
Bellerin, who was a former youth player at Barca, has been inked with a return to Spain for 12 months now as he continues to develop into one of the best right-backs in the Premier Leaue.
The 22-year-old signed a deal last November that keeps him at Arsenal until 2023, but despite this he is flattered by the rumoured interest.
Bellerin told Spanish newspaper Sport:
‘It’s nice there are a lot of big clubs that are interested in me, but if one of those is Barcelona, that’s special.
When Diego Simeone redid his contract with Atletico Madrid late last year, Tempo De Juego had confirmed recently that El Cholo had a €50 million clause put into his new deal.
The same contract saw him get a pay rise but have his stay at the Calderon shortened by two years. Now, the former Inter and Lazio player can leave as of June 2018.
But according to Calciomercato.com, that is no longer the case and that Simeone will be allowed to leave the Vicente Calderon for nothing this summer!
Going to a Barcelona match at the world famous Camp Nou is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Barcelona as well as a seating chart of the Camp Nou.
2017 International Champions Cup – FC Barcelona USA Tour Schedule
July 22: Barcelona vs. Juventus – East Rutherford, New Jersey (MetLife Stadium) – Buy Barca v Juventus Tickets
July 26: Manchester United vs. Barcelona – Landover, Maryland (FedEx Field) – Buy Barcelona v Man United Tickets
July 29: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – Miami (Hard Rock Stadium) – Buy Barcelona v Real Madrid Tickets
Jorge Sampaoli has denied that he will swap Sevilla for Barcelona at the end of the season insisting La Liga’s champions are not interested in him.
The Chilean had been heavily linked with succeeding the outgoing Luis Enrique, who will be leaving the club after three years in charge at the end of the season.
But Sampaoli has seen his chances unravel in recent weeks after his side crashed out of the Champions League to Leicester this week and slipped behind in the title race.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s trip to Atletico Madrid, the 57-year-old said:
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Going to a Real Madrid match at the iconic Santiago Bernabéu stadium is an incredible experience. If you have never been, check below for everything you need to know for a great time in Madrid.
2017 International Champions Cup – Real Madrid USA Preseason Schedule
July 23: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid – Santa Clara, California (Levi’s Stadium) – Buy Real Madrid v Man United Tickets
July 26: Real Madrid vs. Manchester City – Los Angeles (LA Coliseum) – Buy Man City v Real Madrid Tickets
July 29: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – Miami (Hard Rock Stadium) – Buy Real Madrid v Barcelona Tickets