Real Madrid target raid for De Gea and Hazard before transfer ban
By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza
Real Madrid are plotting moves for David de Gea and Eden Hazard in the biggest spending spree in football history – despite a Fifa transfer ban.
Spain sources have told Football Insider that the Spanish giants are willing to spend more than £200million this summer, with De Gea and Hazard among their leading targets.
Paul Pogba, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski are also on the hit list of the world’s most glamorous club.
Real and neighbours Atletico Madrid were yesterday banned for breaking rules in the transfer of minors from abroad.
Both clubs are preparing to appeal the decision, which prevents them from registering players in the summer transfer window and January 2017.
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However, given the precedent set with Barcelona in 2014, Real hope the Court of Arbitration for Sport will temporarily suspend the ban, allowing a summer splurge.
That could leave Real, who branded the ban “absolutely unjustified”, facing inflated fees, with selling clubs eager to cash in on their desperation.
Fifa confirmed on Thursday the Spanish clubs could buy players during the ban — but not register them.
New Real manager Zinedine Zidane is a huge admirer of Hazard and recommended signing the Chelsea winger when he was Carlo Ancelotti’s No2 at the Bernabeu.
De Gea could still leave Manchester United despite signing a four-year contract last summer within days of his move to Real dramatically collapsing at the eleventh hour.
Rumours persist that the Spain goalkeeper has a release clause of around £30million inserted in his contract.