Transfer Gossip: Dybala, Hazard, Goretzka

The new year is here, the gossip of the January transfer window is heating up.

Madrid plotting £120m move for Hazard.

With Eden Hazard ‘s Chelsea contract winding down — the Belgian international will enter the final two years of his deal in the summer — Real Madrid are preparing to break the British transfer record to bring the Blues talisman to the Spanish capital.

Reports indicate that Los Blancos are preparing a £120 million offer for the 26-year-old. And if Chelsea can’t get their No. 10 to agree to a new £300,000-a-week contract, his value will take a significant hit after this summer as the player builds leverage the closer he comes to the end of his deal.

And NOV quotes Hazard’s father, whom the report states spoke to Belgian media last week, as saying: “Eden has refused a contract extension to be able, if necessary, to follow interest from Real Madrid.”

But he did go on to confirm that there has been “no contact” from Real Madrid as yet.

Goretzka set to join Bayern on a free

Schalke and Germany midfielder
Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer.

With the 22-year-old’s contract set to expire this summer, he’d been identified by many of Europe’s biggest clubs, the report states, with Madrid and Barcelona both high on the player.

The Germany publication cites Marca as reporting that Barcelona’s negotiations led the La Liga leaders to believe that Goretzka has already concluded a deal to join Bayern.

United backing Pogba to bring in Dybala

Manchester United are hoping “secret agent” Paul Pogba can help them in signing former Juventus teammate Paulo Dybala for around £90m, according to reports.

Pogba, who has underwhelmed at United since joining for a world-record fee in the summer of 2016, played with Dybala for a single season in which, according to the outlet, the two became close friends.

Per the paper, Mourinho “is anxious to bring in more firepower to ease the expectation on this season’s leading scorer Romelu Lukaku and 2016-17’s top gun Zlatan Ibrahimovic” and Dybala has jumped Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann as the apple of the Portuguese’s eye for next season, despite suffering through a horrid campaign that’s seen him benched on more than one occasion with the Turin giants.

— Veteran Swiss defender Reto Ziegler is considering a move to Major League Soccer, according to the Luzerner Zeitung. The well-travelled 31-year-old saw his deal with Switzerland’s FC Luzern recently end and is looking for an eighth club to join in his career, though no specific MLS team was mentioned as being on his wish list.

— Watford boss Marco Silva is confident he’ll win the “battle” to sign disappointing Leiceister striker Islam Slimani. Rafa Benitez is also keen to secure the Algeria international’s services. However, Silva is thought to be the favourite for his signature as he previously managed Slimani at Sporting.

— Southampton are looking to bring back Theo Walcott in January. The 28-year-old left the Saints for the Emirates as a teenager back in 2006. And Walcott, now 28, is set to return to St Mary’s on loan in hopes of finding regular minutes.

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