Real Madrid transfer round-up: Bale wants Alli, Hazard not ready for Real, Courtois update and more
Latest transfer news and rumours coming out of the Bernabeu.
Bale demands Alli’s signing
Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has urged his club to sign Tottenham’s Dele Alli in the summer, according to reports from Spanish journal Diario Gol. Bale himself moved from White Hart Lane and has enjoyed a successful spell at Santiago Bernabeu, winning two Champions League titles.
Bale believes Alli will be the ideal player for Real Madrid. The Englishman has managed 20 goals and 6 assists in all competitions, which has attracted an interest from PSG, Barcelona and Bayern Munich as well.
Real Madrid are looking at possible replacements for James Rodriguez and Isco, who are expected to join Premier League at the end of current season. Alli recently signed a new 6-year deal with Spurs, which will force Real Madrid to spend over £70-80m to have any chance of signing the England International.
Desailly warns Real over Hazard
Former Chelsea star Marcel Desailly has warned Real Madrid over signing Eden Hazard as he claims the Belgian is not ready to play at a level Los Blancos are used to. Desailly believes Hazard is far from a prolific goal scorer which is essential to be a regular player for the 11-time Champions League winners.
Speaking with Talksport, Desailly said: “I’m not sure Eden Hazard has that intention of being that top player, being first choice at Real Madrid.
“Remember, Hazard has been in the Chelsea system for five years, and he’s been doing well, but he’s not been doing what we expected of him – scoring goals and being the equivalent of Ronaldo or Messi, he’s on and off. I’m not sure he’s full ready to change and take the risk, because he will want to play regular football.”
Courtois deal not agreed
La Liga expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Real Madrid haven't secured a deal for Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois. Balague claims Real’s pursuit of David De Gea has come under serious question after Jose Mourinho’s willingness to keep hold of the Spaniard for upcoming seasons.
Balague said: “Thibaut Courtois seems more likely but they don’t have an agreement with either player just yet. One thing we do know is that Florentino Perez doesn’t want Keylor Navas to be the No 1 next season.”
Courtois has emerged as an option for Real in the last few months after the Belgian openly admitted his fondness for the city of Madrid and his willingness to play in La Liga. Balague has added further fuel to the speculation with his latest comments and it’ll be hard for Chelsea to keep hold of their number one goalkeeper.
Zidane’s seven-man transfer shortlist
According to reports from Don Balon, Real Madrid are desperate to make 3 marquee signings this season and have made a 7-man shortlist after a prolonged discussion with manager Zinedine Zidane.
Don Balon claims, Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard, Manchester United stopper David De Gea and Tottenham youngster Dele Alli are all on Real's wishlist. Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also reportedly being eyed by Real.
Juventus duo Paulo Dybala and Leonardo Bonucci are also on top of Zidane’s priority list with club president Florentino Perez willing to spend beyond £200m next season to keep Barcelona at bay for La Liga and Champions League trophies in coming seasons.