Paper Round: Man Utd in Gareth Bale blow, Real offer £199m for Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois
Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Robert Lewandowski and Thierry Henry all feature in Tuesday’s Paper Round.
Bale-Madrid talks ‘positive’
Paper Round’s view: A blow for United, but a positive for Bale, who would have spent the past few weeks wondering whether he would have been wanted by the new boss. It now depends on who Real bring in as Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement – big decisions need to be made.
225m euros for Hazard, Courtois
Paper Round’s view: Hazard was frank in his discussions after the World Cup about his Chelsea future, and it seems increasingly likely that he will be the ‘Galactico’ tasked with filling Ronaldo’s boots. The prospect of Courtois coming along too would only strengthen the European champions further, but what would that mean for Keylor Navas?!
Real want Lewy too?
Paper Round’s view: While the Hazard move seems realistic, this seems more far-fetched, particularly as the report openly admits that he is likely to stay. But who knows where this transfer window will take us, with Ronaldo perhaps showing that the grass could well be greener elsewhere.
Three offers for Henry
Paper Round’s view: What a tease from the Mail, who believe more offers are to come for the Frenchman. He’s a big-name attraction, no doubt, so where he cuts it as a first-time manager will be fascinating, particularly with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard’s recent moves to Rangers and Derby.