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Real Madrid: Los Blancos identify Felipe Anderson as alternative if Eden Hazard’s move falls through

Sudarshan Venkatesan

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The Los Blancos identify Felipe Anderson as the perfect alternative if a move for Eden Hazard falls through in the summer transfer window.

Real Madrid have been trying to pursue Eden Hazard since the start of the 2018 summer transfer window, but Chelsea are stubborn in keeping their star at the club. Various reports quote that the Los Blancos’ bid worth 60 million pounds has been turned down earlier this month and the Blues believe that it only meets 50 percent of their asking price.

Despite their reluctance to accept a lower bid, the Blues have been recently hit with a transfer ban which is complicating things for Florentino Perez. On the other hand, the Spanish outfit believe that a bid of 80 million euros will be enough to lure him to Santiago Bernabeu as the Belgian’s contract runs until 2020.

Eden Hazard has always admired Real Madrid, but the reigning Champions League winners are actively looking to pursue a left wing in order to bolster their front line. According to the English publication Sky Sports, the Los Blancos are ready to shift their attention to West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson if the move for Eden Hazard fails to materialize.

The Brazilian is one of the best performers for a club outside the top six this campaign. The 25-year-old is not known for his goalscoring prowess, but the ability to carry the ball to the final third and feed for the strikers. Signed from the Italian outfit Lazio for a fee of 32.5 million pounds last summer, Felipe Anderson has established himself in Manuel Pellegrini’s setup, scoring 9 and assisting 5 from 35 appearances this campaign.

The former Lazio forward has scored 10 goals only once in his league career which might come as a massive disadvantage for the Los Blancos. His first season was overwhelming at Lazio, but the next two were disappointments leading to a transfer away from the club. Still learning the trade in an intensified league, Anderson is still finding his feet in a new country.

The report adds on that the English outfit will be looking for no less than 65 million pounds for their star man having signed him only a year ago. Make no mistake, Real Madrid could be tempted to look elsewhere for that price because there are several players with better output than Anderson currently.

The Los Blancos have spent very less over the last three years which will prompt them to upgrade their squad in the forthcoming summer window. Gareth Bale once revealed that he has not spoken with Zinedine Zidane since the memorable night in Kyiv is expected to be sold as a part of the summer overhaul.

Apart from the forward, Dani Ceballos is another player who could find himself out of the club after the conclusion of this season. The Spanish International has failed to impress Zidane since his arrival from Real Betis in 2017. To make worse, Raphael Varane is pondering to leave the club in order to hound a new challenge.

The Frenchman is yet to make a decision about his future, but Zinedine Zidane will be grudging to lose him after playing an important role in bringing him to the club from RC Lens in 2011. Should he decide to leave, the club will be looking to recoup an amount between 120 and 140 million euros.

It will be fascinating to see the ins and outs at Real Madrid this summer after Zidane has been given full power in the transfers department.

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Zinedine Zidane’s comeback was marked with a comfortable 2-0 victory over the struggling Celta Vigo at Santiago Bernabeu. The Los Blancos boss will be looking for another three points as they invite Huesca to their backyard following the international break.

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