Real Madrid, writes the Mirror, are determined to spend big in the summer — very big. And that, it reports, is bad news for both Manchester United and Chelsea.
Madrid are “planning a full-scale attempt to sign David De Gea” and are ready to “break the bank” to land the United keeper. And links between the Bernabeu club and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard show no sign of weakening, with the Belgium international “a primary target”.
But there is an element of good news for Chelsea, because Madrid’s interest in De Gea means they have moved their focus from the Premier League leaders’ Thibaut Courtois. Real came close to signing De Gea two years ago “but still believe he would be ready to leave, particularly if United miss out on the Champions League.”
And the Mirror writes that they are “ready to smash the £89 million world-record fee to get Hazard,” whom Chelsea still hope to persuade to sign a new contract. Los Blancos will “throw striker Alvaro Morata into any deal, which could see the overall value of a transfer top £100m for the first time.”
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