Would he be a good signing?
Newcastle United are preparing a sensational move for Real Madrid star Eden Hazard, as the Premier League’s new richest club gets ready to flex some financial muscle.
While the new owners will invariably have lofty long-term ambitions, a new report from Sport alleges that a move for Hazard, presumably in January, would initially be to try and stave off the possibility of relegation.
Hazard has struggled since making his high-profile move to the Spanish capital back in 2019.
The Belgian cost Real an initial fee of €89m when they signed him from Chelsea, although that expense could have risen to €150m based on future payments.
However, Hazard’s spell in the Spanish capital has not gone to plan, making just 52 appearances so far for the club as he heads into his third season, scoring just five goals in all competitions.
To put those figures into context, the 30-year old made 52 appearances in his final season at Chelsea alone, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.
Bringing the 30-year-old to Tyneside would be a huge statement of intent from the new Saudi led-ownership group, which is worth a reported £320 billion at told.
However, Hazards intends to stay in the Spanish capital and Newcastle doesn’t interest the player. In addition, it’s stated the prospect of playing in a relegation battle is of no interest to a player more used to fighting for trophies.
The Magpies are transitioning in stages and signing, young talented players will be the better decision from the Toon hierarchy. So landing a winger who has already reached his 30s might not be a shrewd decision.
Real Madrid wants to raise some funds and free up space on the wage bill for a huge summer in 2022 when they want to bring in both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. They will happily sacrifice Hazard to help fund that, and will likely accept a fraction of the fee they paid for his services.
So signing Hazard will be a great acquisition for Newcastle United. However, given the player’s recent injury record, it will be a big gamble to invest a lot of money in the Belgian.