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.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.