It is an open secret that Real Madrid want to get rid of Eden Hazard. The Belgian has proven to be a waste of expenditure for the Whites, having performed poorly throughout his time at Santiago Bernabeu, all the while pocketing a lucrative pay package.
But ahead of a busy summer ahead, Real Madrid are ready to get rid of Hazard at the end of the season. And there are no shortage of suitors either, with Al Nassr among the clubs interested in his services.
A report from Mundo Deportivo even claims that Hazard went to meet Al Nassr manager Rudi Garcia in his office recently, as seen by El Chiringuito.
Hazard has a close relationship with Garcia, who had worked with the Belgian during their together at LOSC Lille. Garcia even played a significant role in helping the young forward kickstart his professional career.
It appears they could be in contention to reunite at Al Nassr, who are determined to attract more star players after capturing Cristiano Ronaldo on a bumper deal. The Saudi Arabian giants intend to become the biggest club in Asia and as part of their plans, they are targeting other top players across Europe.
Sergio Ramos is reportedly in talks with Al Nassr over a summer move and it appears Hazard, too, has joined the list of targets. The Belgian’s meeting with Garcia comes in the midst of the Spanish Supercup, which is being hosted by Saudi Arabia.
Real Madrid are involved in the competition and even beat Valencia to book a ticket to the final against FC Barcelona. Their former superstar Cristiano Ronaldo even visited the club’s training to visit some of his old teammates.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.