Chelsea star Eden Hazard could depart Stamford Bridge if Cristiano Ronaldo manages to secure a move to Manchester United, with Real Madrid thought to be viewing the Belgian international as an ideal replacement for the Balon D’Or winner, as reported by The Metro.
Ronaldo told the press last week that he was keen on a move back to Old Trafford before his career finishes, and reports yesterday suggested that his agent, Jorge Mendes, might encourage him to leave Real after falling out with the club’s hierarchy. Man Utd are said to have set aside £55 million to secure his arrival.
Reports in both France and Belgium are now suggesting that Chelsea’s star Hazard is seen as a good alternative for the Champions League winners, should they lose Ronaldo in the near future.
Hazard won Chelsea’s player of the year award last season after a stunning season that saw him score 17 goals.
Chelsea fans would be loath to see him leave, with the tricky winger establishing himself as a key player since his arrival from Lille for £32 million in 2012.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United looks even closer after a falling out between his agent Jorge Mendes and Ronaldo’s current club Real Madrid, as reported by the Daily Express.
Ronaldo has been interesting Man Utd in recent seasons, and the Balon D’or winner seemed perturbed by Angel Di Maria’s departure from the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this summer.
Mendes came under criticism from Real hierarchy after allowing another of his clients, Di Maria, to publish a letter criticising the upper echelons of the Spanish giants after he secured his move to the Old Trafford club.
With another of Mendes’s clients, Radamel Falcao, also moving to the Manchester side this summer, there is increased belief that Ronaldo can be tempted into a move back to the club where he made his name.
Reports in Spain even suggest that Mendes is going to convince Ronaldo to move back to Old Trafford, and Man Utd have put aside £55 million for the purpose of signing him.
Real Madrid star and former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo was desperate to join their eternal rivals Liverpool in 2003, rather than moving to Old Trafford, as reported by the Daily Express.
When a potential move to Anfield faltered, Ronaldo instead moved to the Red Devils for £12 million, but he had first hoped that a move to Merseyside would go through.
Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has previously admitted that he missed out on an opportunity to push through a deal for the sensational forward, and there is little doubt that Ronaldo would have pushed Liverpool to new heights if a deal had been confirmed.
196 appearances for Man Utd saw Ronaldo plunder 84 goals, and his time at the club was only ended by a huge £80 million move to Real Madrid in 2009. He won three Premier League crowns and a Champions League trophy while playing for Man Utd.
Ronaldo said, in 2003, about moving to Liverpool: “Liverpool are one of the best clubs in England and it would be a dream for any player to represent a club of such traditions.
“I will have to hope they make an offer that is good for both Sporting and myself.
“The English league is not one of my favourites, but it is very interesting. I think my way of playing can be reconciled in the Premiership. If a player has quality then he can play anywhere.
“Let’s see how things turn out. I am going to continue working as hard as ever.”