Manchester United plot £65 million bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard
Published 08/01/2016 | 08:25
Manchester United are planning a sensational £65 million swoop for Eden Hazard.
According to The Daily Star, United will turn to the reportedly-unsettled Belgium international after being told they stand no chance of landing their No 1 target - Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.
We are told United are 'poised to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich' for the playmaker in what could be the summer's biggest transfer scrap.
A United source is even quoted as saying: "The club has to be realistic and realise that signing Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo remains a long shot, which means alternative targets come into the equation.
"Eden Hazard is certainly one of those and the type of player United need if they want to start winning trophies again."
United's supposed offer to Hazard is thought to be worth around £250,000-a-week.
United are also ready to test Everton's resolve to keep £40 million-rated striker Romelu Lukaku.
So says The Daily Mirror after Lukaku plundered 12 goals in his last 12 games in all competitions to take his season's total to 19.
United apparently looked at Lukaku last summer, but Louis van Gaal ultimately decided against lodging an official bid for the Belgium international.
However, with goals in short supply for United this season, Lukaku is back on their radar - although Everton are certain to resist their advances.
Meanwhile, United are pursuing young Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches, according to reports in Portugal.
Sanches is just 18 years old but has huge potential and has been scouted twice by United over the past week.
The scouts went back to Van Gaal with glowing reports after watching him for the first time at the weekend and were similarly impressed by his display on Tuesday night in a 6-0 win against Maritimo.
Now it's up to Van Gaal whether to make a concrete bid for the player, who could cost up to £20 million.
Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp says his former charge Gareth Bale could end up moving to Old Trafford.
"Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid for Manchester United could happen. I just get a feeling that somebody over here is driving that move," he told the London Evening Standard.
"I don't know if he will come back but the United move makes a lot of sense, and all that talk has to be coming from somewhere."
The rumours suggesting Bale will move to Old Trafford intensified this week after Rafael Benitez was sacked as Real Madrid manager.
Bale and Benitez enjoyed a close relationship, and the Spaniard was planning on building his team around the Welshman.
It remains to be seen whether new manager Zinedine Zidane rates him as highly.