Eden Hazard is planing to stay at Chelsea, but one club could change things. That and more from the Tuesday papers.
Hazard will only leave Chelsea for Real Madrid
Eden Hazard will not leave Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain. But The Telegraph understand that if Real Madrid come calling, it would be difficult to turn them down. Hazard is prepared to spend next season at Chelsea and would happily stay with the Blues. However, Real Madrid are the one club that could disrupt those plans.
Paper Round's view - Hazard's poor form this season makes it unlikely that anyone will pay Chelsea enough to make the club consider selling him. The only two clubs that might even consider it are PSG and Real Madrid, but odds are that they pass on him this summer. It's a good thing that Hazard is planning to spend next season at Stamford Bridge because that is by far the most likely scenario.
Manchester United would have to pay Louis van Gaal £10 million to terminate his contract right now, according to The Sun. There is a clause in the Dutchman's contract that drastically decreases the buyout if United do not qualify for the Champions League this season, but that can only be triggered if the team is mathematically eliminated from contention for a spot in the competition. Now, United are waiting for that to happen.
Louis van Gaal
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Paper Round's view - It has long looked like Man United were done with Van Gaal. The question is why they haven't bothered to fire him yet. There are a lot of good reasons, but a huge buyout that they expect to go down in the summer is probably the best one bandied about yet. Of course, that means they're assuming they'll miss out on the Champions League and firing Van Gaal could reignite the team for a chance at qualifying, but that's a long shot.
The Chinese Super League wanted to sign John Terry, but they aren't going to get him. The Mirror say that Terry will pass on any offers from the country and will instead look to go to MLS or Qatar. Terry has made up his mind that he will leave Chelsea in the summer, even if the Blues have a change of heart and want to bring him back, so he is looking for a new home. Qatar's Al-Arabi, where former team-mate Gianfranco Zola is manager, would like him.
Chelsea's John Terry
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Paper Round's view - Terry will find it difficult to sign for MLS. Only a few clubs could afford Terry's wages and three of them - LA Galaxy, New York City FC and Toronto FC - do not have the salary cap space or Designated Player spot to bring him in. If Terry has ruled out China then Qatar appears to be his most likely landing spot. They can afford him and would love to bring in a big name like the Chelsea captain. Of course, he could always change his mind about China. The money will be tempting.
Tim Howard has been linked to a move to the Colorado Rapids and The Sun claim that he is demanding a four-year deal worth £14m to join the MLS club. Howard is currently on £70,000-per-week with Everton and would want to earn roughly the same with the Rapids. The MLS side have talked to Everton about a deal and are hoping that the Toffees will waive any transfer fee.
Everton's Tim Howard
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Paper Round's view - Howard is hoping for a big payday from MLS and he might get it. The league loves to have big name USA internationals and Howard fits the bill. Paying that much, in a salary cap league, for a goalkeeper is insane, but the Rapids aren't the wisest club so they might do it. If the Rapids do agree to pay him, Everton will probably let Howard leave on a free as a reward for his long service and also so they can get his wages off the books in a time when it's clear he is no longer first choice.