Real Madrid consider Eden Hazard bid
Real Madrid are weighing up their transfer plans for the summer after watching Eden Hazard's form tail off in the last few matches, according to the Evening Standard. He has failed to score in his last five appearances as Antonio Conte's team struggled in the Champions League against Barcelona, and against Spurs in their most recent match. Real already have Marco Asensio, who is five years younger than the 27-year-old Belgian international, and are not sure if they should bid the £100m it may take to prise him away from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring their third goal
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Paper Round's view: An impressive showing with Belgium at the World Cup is all it would take to convince the Real Madrid board to go in for Hazard, because they are susceptible to the pressure of public perception. Hazard, we all know, can be a great player, and it seems odd to think that the last five matches should change their opinion either way, especially as the rest of the team has been suffering under Conte's lack of control of the side.
Chelsea scout young keeper Ozer
Chelsea are keeping tabs on young Turkish goalkeeper, Berke Ozer, reports The Sun. The 17-year-old goalkeeper, who has already been called up to the Turkish national squad, is currently playing for Turkish second division side Altinordu and they have opened talks with the Blues over sending players to them on loan as part of a partnership. However, Altinordu are focused on developing their own players in their academy, rather than doing that job for another club.
Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea celebrates his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.
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Paper Round's view: Chelsea's offer has so far been rebuffed, and it is a credit to Altinordu that they are concentrating on developing their own players, which will help their community. Simply accepting a succession of loan players would not help the club's stability or plans for the future. If they are to lose Ozer, a few million pounds as a transfer fee could help them invest for the longer team and build for a more sustainable future. Chelsea could have the long-term replacement for Thibaut Courtois, so can be charged accordingly.
Real Sociedad offer Rafa Benitez an exit
Real Socieded are set to move for Rafael Benitez as they secure their place in La Liga for the next season, according to The Mirror. They currently lie in 15th and want Benitez to help guide them up the table for next season. Benitez is battling to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League after minor reinforcements in the winter transfer window, though they have lost just twice in their last 10 league games.
Paper Round's view: If Newcastle United stay up, Benitez will want to work with Mike Ashley quickly to secure his transfer targets before the disruption of the World Cup kicks in. However, Ashley may attempt to sell the club yet again, as the sale is his priority. In turn, that would make him reluctant to spend in the transfer market to maximise the returns he gets from any sale. Benitez may have less frustration if he jumps ship and returns back to Spain.
West Ham want to keep Moyes
Also in the Mirror is a story about West Ham wanting to keep manager David Moyes beyond the end of the season. The former Everton and Manchester United boss has impressed despite all the problems surrounding the move to the London Stadium, taking the club to 14th and away from the relegation zone.
West Ham manager David Moyes
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Paper Round's view: This would be sensible for the club - a bit of stability after the fan riots is definitely needed, plus Moyes deserves the chance to show what he can do after steering the team to safety.