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Diaro GOL reports that Manchester City have changed their transfer plans for the 2020/21 season. The Sky Blues have reportedly considered snubbing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard next season.
This comes as a surprise to many, as Manchester City was proposed to sign Lionel Messi last summer after a long and drawn out negotiation process. After the play was blocked by former Barcelona starter Josep Maria Bartomeu, it was considered that City would approach Messi for a pre-contract deal in January.
However, the Sky Blues now consider Eden Hazard a better option. The former Chelsea winger has not adjusted to life in the Spanish capital and has yet to take a deep shot at Real Madrid. In the season and a half at the Bernabéu, Hazard has found the net only three times so far for the whites, which appears to be quite a worrying situation as the club paid € 100m for the fickle forward.
Hazard’s poor form and performance at Real have seen his market value now plummet to 60 meters. The lack of return on their investment has apparently led Los Blancos to consider the option of selling to the extreme next season to cash in and spend the money on younger and better options.
Players like Heung-Min Son, Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappé are on Real’s radar for the next transfer market. A potential move for Eden Hazard could prove fruitful for Los Blancos if they can sign a replacement immediately.
However, it amuses me to know why Manchester City would want Eden Hazard. Pep Guardiola currently has several forwards and it seems highly unlikely that a frail Hazard would break into the first team at the Etihad Stadium. The only logical reason behind this move by Guardiola could be that Hazard is proven in the Premier League.