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Arsenal interested in signing €130 million Real Madrid flop, club optimistic about move

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As Real Madrid seem set to announce a new set of marquee signings in June, fans might be tempted to go back and look at how the last marquee signing — Eden Hazard — fared at the club.

Eden Hazard was expected to be the next big name for Los Blancos after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.

The Chelsea star was one of the best players in the world at the time of his transfer, scoring 16 goals and providing 15 assists in the 2018-19 Premier League season.

Since then, his decline has been exponential. He has been dealing with injuries since his move, and has fallen out of the Real Madrid pecking order with Vinicius Jr. and Marco Asensio preferred over him.

Now that Kylian Mbappe and possibly Erling Haaland are arriving, there is no longer any space for the Belgian in the team.

According to reports from Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Arsenal are interested in signing the winger on loan with an option to buy. The Premier League side met with the player’s entourage in London earlier this week and are optimistic about the move.

Mikel Arteta’s side have found momentum in recent months, winning six of their last eight games across all competitions. They are favourites to finish in the top four, and their upward curve could tempt Hazard to consider a move back to England.

Emil Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli currently compete for a starting spot on the left wing and will be Hazard’s biggest hurdles should he join Arsenal.

In 17 La Liga appearances this season, the 31-year-old has only one assist to his name. He has failed to find the back of the net in the league and averages less than one shot per game.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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