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Eden Hazard: Goodbye, after 7 Years

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It seems all but confirmed that Eden Hazard will shortly be unveiled as a Real Madrid player. After helping Chelsea to defeat Arsenal 4-1, claiming the trophy for winning the Europa League final he stated:

I think it’s goodbye.

He scored twice during Chelsea’s win, but he could have easily scored 4 or 5, if not for Petr Cech’s heroics in goal. Although Arsenal lost 4-1, Cech didn’t have a game as bad as it seems.

He added:

My Dream was to play in the Premier League, which I have done for 7 years. Maybe it is time, for a new challenge.

He told BT Sport that he had made a decision on his future 2 weeks ago, but now the matter is in the hands of both clubs. They need to agree terms before Eden Hazard can sign a contract.

It puts this transfer in a peculiar position. As the player has admitted he wants to leave, you would think that Real Madrid would be able to sign him on the ‘cheap’, however, Chelsea are no push-overs & with their transfer ban incoming, if they do not feel the fee is acceptable, they would be better off losing Hazard on a free, when his contract expires in 12 months.

Real Madrid know this, so it’s widely rumoured they will be paying Chelsea’s asking price, between £70-80m. They have a rebuilding job on their hands, with Zidane in control. The last thing Real Madrid need is a long, drawn out negotiation for Hazard, stopping them from signing other targets also.

At 28 years old, with only 12 months left on a deal, anything over £60m is probably a good deal.

Chelsea Career

Eden Hazard signed for Chelsea from LOSC Lille in 2012 for £31.5m. In his first season at Stamford Bridge, he helped Chelsea to win the Europa League. He followed this on in the second season, with his terrific form earning him the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Soon becoming a fan favourite, the huge transfer fee felt like a bargain.

The medals were adding up. In 2014, Chelsea won the League Cup & the Premier League, with Hazard this time won the Player of the Year award, alongside the Players player of the year. Aswell as the fans adoring him, his opponents knew he was simply magical. Chelsea won the league once more in 2016.

His opening season for Chelsea was great for a new signing, clocking up 62 appearances in all competitions. He scored 13 goals, assisting 24. In 2013, he scored 17 and assisted 10, in 49 appearances. This was followed by 19 goals and 13 assists in 2014, from 52 appearances.

A bad spell for Hazard came in 2015-16, when he managed just 6 goals and 8 assists, from 48 appearances. This is the year Chelsea seriously underperformed, with multiple issues at the club being published. The following year was better, but not yet the quality we have previously witnessed. Hazard hit 17 goals, followed by 7 assists in 43 appearances.

The 2017-18 campaign saw an improvement, with 17 goals and 13 assists in 50 appearances. It’s safe to say he saved the best until last, with 21 goals and 17 assists in 50 appearances.

It’s not absolute world class level goal scoring, but Eden Hazard is a winger, not a striker, so he’s not expected to get a goal per game.

His Chelsea career wasn’t perfect, with a few disciplinary issues along his career. The most notable offence was when Hazard took a few kicks at a ball boy, although it’s not quite as bad as it sounds. The ballboy admitted he was trying to waste time, replay footage shown Hazard was simply trying to release the ball from the boys grasp. However, it wasn’t a very mature thing to do, it led to a red card.

In February 2016, he tried to endorse a move to PSG, admitting it would be hard to turn them down, if they came calling.

You could also add this pending Real Madrid transfer to the list of his poor discipline. If Eden Hazard remained quiet about the saga, it could have ended up with Chelsea receiving a higher transfer fee. However, it just seems that he wants to quit now, on his terms.

There’s no doubting he is an elite talent. It’s very highly thought that Eden Hazard is a better overall player than Neymar, which is something that Hazard can confirm by restoring Real Madrid to their former glory.

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Joao Felix: Atletico Madrid’s New Number Seven

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Recently, we bought you the Scout Report on Gedson FernandesToday, it’s time for Joao Felix, another Benfica wonderkid.

His transfer to Ateltico Madrid has been confirmed tonight, with the figure an approximate £113 million. This is the fifth most expensive transfer in football history.

Although he’s exciting to watch, the fee does seem a little high, as Felix hasn’t really achieved much in the game yet. Although, he is only 18, so that could be why.

Atletico Madrid paid £5 million more than the release clause, in order to negotiate that the fee is to be paid in installments. This is quite clever from Atletico Madrid, as it stops them from being out of funds for the upcoming season.

Joao Felix joins a list of Elite Transfer fees, with only Mbappe, Neymar & Pogba transferring for more. If he can develop similar to these players, it will prove fantastic business by Atletico.

Atletico Madrid have handed Joao Felix a 7 year contract, which fully protects their asset for most of the duration of his playing days.

Felix scored a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League in April, becoming the youngest Benfica player and the youngest Portuguese footballer to score three goals in Europe and the youngest player ever to do so in the Europa League.

He has been handed the Number 7 shirt, famously worn by Antoine Griezmann. However, a once fan-favourite Griezmann has declared that he’s played his last game for Ateltico, with Barcelona expected to confirm the signature of him in the coming days. His release clause is £120 million, so it’s almost a straight swap, Antoine for Felix.

Joao Felix will be the 3rd new signing for Ateltico, joining Hector Herrera & Felipe.

We expect to see more transfer activity, after Atletico announced tonight that Rodri would be leaving, to join Premier League Champions Manchester City.

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Wilfred Zaha: The Player Submits a Transfer Request

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Wilfred Zaha has turned his career around, after failing to impress at Old Trafford all those years ago. Sir Alex Fegurson ordered the signing of Zaha, but retired before he could see Zaha in action as a Red Devil.

David Moyes took the reins at Man Utd, but failed to implement Zaha into the squad and deemed him surplus to requirements. This often happens when a player is signed but the management is adjusted, as managers tend to have their own players, playstyles to adhere to. Zaha was the casualty in this one.

Man Utd took a £12 million loss, as they ended up selling Zaha back to Palace. The only positive of this deal would be a 25% sell on clause, which could earn United some money in the future, or maybe sooner than that!

Arsenal have declared their interest in Wilfred Zaha, offering £40 million just days after Man Utd signed Wan Bissaka for £50 million.

Crystal Palace were reportedly insulted by this, which can be understood. They sold a Youth Prospect for £50m, so surely their star player is worth more?

Wilfred Zaha has now put in an official transfer request, as he tries to push through a transfer. However, he’s contracted at Palace and it’s pretty certain they won’t be accepting any sub £60m bids.

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Paul Pogba: Big Problems at Man Utd

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The problems at Manchester United seem to be getting worse & worse! Paul Pogba is the one stirring the pot today, insisting that he is ready to face another challenge. He stated;

I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.

Paul Pogba Career Stats & Milestones

The French midfielder has good stats throughout his career, but he does often get singled out for ‘walking’ about the pitch, being too interested with social media instead of playing football and so on. If you take a look at his stats, he does contribute more than it looks on the surface.

Pogba scored the most goals (13) last season. He was the main penalty taker, which explains this. However, he also made the most passes (over 2000), compared to Matic who was second with 1800. He also took the most shots, tallying 105. Rashford was second, with 84. Although he gets his criticism, he was the best performer in this side. However, they all under-performed! 

Sub-Standard Squad

There is a huge difference in the quality of teams in the Premier League. With all the money in Football, promoted teams will find it harder than ever to remain competitive, as even the likes of West Ham United are capable of signing players such as Pablo Fornals and Maxi Gomez may also be arriving. However, the gap between Man Utd and the likes of Liverpool & Man City is also widening. Whilst Man Utd have been through many managerial changes, Klopp & Guardiola have been able to recruit players that perfectly fit their system. Chopping and changing managers cause huge issues when they have different play styles, as if they have signed a player for a specific purpose, it can become redundant under the new manager.

Diogo Dalot may be the most recent example of this. Mourinho purchased him as the right back has fantastic potential, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t fancied him as much. It can cause transfer casualties, resulting in the team regressing, rather than progressing. It’s also worth adding that lots of money is wasted in the process!

The impact of constant managerial change has led to a sub standard squad at Old Trafford. Players such as Chris Smalling, Phil Jones & Ashley Young are the first to be criticised for being in the line up regularly, but the truth is, that’s the best Man Utd have got. Whilst I personally think Eric Bailly is a better defender, his injury record is as long as the Stretford End!

Poor recruitment goes back right the way from when David Gill & Alex Ferguson simultaneously retired. The truth is, Man Utd never replaced Cristiano Ronaldo, instead opting to play Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata in that position.

Going back to the future, United’s first signing this season is left winger Daniel James. He has played on the right for Swansea, but has been ineffective, failing to score or assist. Another left winger, accompanying Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.

The transfer window hasn’t closed yet, but rather than immediately address their issues, they’ve added a winger.

In comparison, Real Madrid have added Left Winger Eden Hazard. Given the option, most people would choose to play with the Belgian at the Bernebau.

The Mino Raiola effect

Mino is Paul Pogba’s agent, who is notorious for getting his players transferred to elite clubs, for tremendous fees. Although under contract at Man Utd, he tried to get Pogba to transfer to Barcelona in 2018. It was also revealed by Pep Guardiola that Pogba was also offered to him. It looks like money can’t buy class with Raiola, who isn’t afraid of upsetting anybody to get deals over the line. What this also shows though is a lack of ambition and dedication. Paul isn’t dedicated to the Man Utd rebuild, as he has admitted now he wants a new challenge himself. When the player openly makes statements like this, he’s basically handing in a transfer request. 

Sir Alex Ferguson believed Raiola was a plague to football, which led to him releasing Pogba in 2012. He admitted Pogba had fantastic talent, but the agent was causing far too much trouble and he didn’t want it to disrupt the club.

Pogba called his return to Old Trafford ‘Destiny’, but that seems dead in the water now. As he openly made that statement, he lost the backing of the Red Devils, who are now calling for him to be sold, at the rumoured price of £120 million.

You can understand why Pogba wants to leave, as Man Utd aren’t the powerhouse they once were, declining pretty fast. However, what hasn’t gone down well is the admittance that he wants to jump ship.

Man Utd have actually stated that Paul Pogba will not be sold this season, but this could be a big bluff in order to maintain their asking price for him.

Let’s wait and see. Stay tuned for updates!

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