Real Madrid, Chelsea Planning Superstar Swap Deal

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been in the news over the past week regarding his future at the club. After comments by president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane suggested that his injury history and inconsistent form would lead to his being dropped from the starting XI, Bale and his agent began talks with other major European sides. Bayern Munich, Paris-Saint Germain, Chelsea, and most notably Manchester United are some of the sides linked with a Bale move. With each passing day a deal looks more likely as players such as Isco and Lucas Vazquez have been preferred to Bale at the right wing position.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has also seen his name in the transfer rumors over the last few months as the Belgian has been heavily linked to a move to Madrid in the summer. After having a terrible season last year as Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League, Hazard is having one of the best seasons of his career under Antonio Conte, scoring 15 goals in the league, leading Chelsea to a second Premier League title in three seasons. As a result, Real is looking to sign Hazard, potentially as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo as a left winger as the Portuguese has requested to be played as a center-forward.

According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon via the Express, Real is considering sending Bale to Chelsea to help make the Hazard deal go through. Manager Antonio Conte has reportedly asked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to bring the Welshman back to London, and with the Blues guaranteed to be in the Champions League next season, Chelsea could prove a more appealing target than United, who still have to defeat Ajax in the Europa League final before confirming their place in the Champions League.

Real are also interested in selling Bale because it would free up funds for other moves, as they have been linked to the likes of David De Gea and Kylian Mbappe along with Hazard. Perez has reportedly compared Bale to another injury-prone player; Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben. The Dutchman had previously played for both Chelsea and Real, although injuries slowed down his career at both sides, only playing a total of 65 games in Madrid before being sold to Munich where the injury problems still continued although they have been offset by his prolific goalscoring record of 89 goals in only 167 Bundesliga matches.