Real Madrid ‘ready to target Eden Hazard’ after being told Neymar signing is “impossible” – Friday’s transfer gossip

Real Madrid are ready to turn their attention towards Eden Hazard after being told by Paris Saint-Germain that it will be “impossible” to sign Neymar.

The Telegraph report that the Chelsea star could be their latest Galactico with the Belgian yet to sign a new deal with two years remaining on his current contract.

Los Blancos have suffered a humiliating La Liga title defence with Barcelona now 19 points clear at the top.

The possibility of a swap involving Cristiano Ronaldo moving to the French capital has not interested the Unai Emery’s side either, meaning Florentino Perez will have to shift attention towards other targets.

Eden Hazard is yet to commit his future to Chelsea
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Neymar to Real Madrid is reportedly “impossible”
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Transfer news from Friday’s Daily Mirror

Chelsea are considering a move to persuade Olivier Giroud to swap the Emirates for Stamford Bridge. The Arsenal striker has been expected to make a loan switch to Borussia Dortmund. But that appears in danger of breaking down with the German club unable to agree a deal with the Gunners for £65million-rated frontman Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to go the other way.

Manchester City hope to complete the £57million signing of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte over the weekend. Premier League leaders City moved to trigger his release clause after the French centre-back indicated his desire to finally leave Spain to play for them.

Liverpool are ready to pull the plug on their interest in France international Thomas Lemar for this month, bluntly telling Monaco they will not be held to ransom. With the French club demanding close to £90million for the attacking midfielder, who is keen on the move, the Reds will hope to agree a more sensible fee in the summer.

Thomas Lemar is in high demand in England and Spain
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Leicester boss Claude Puel continues to insist Riyad Mahrez is going nowhere this month, and claims the star went to Arsenal’s match on Wednesday to scout for the Foxes. City’s Algerian duo Mahrez and Islam Slimani were both at the Gunners’ Carabao Cup semi-final win over Chelsea.

Liverpool are set to land Tony Gallacher from Falkirk after a £200,000 fee was agreed. Gallacher is poised to join the Reds despite interest from Barcelona and Manchester United over the past year (via Liverpool Echo).

Transfer news from other newspapers and sites

Antonio Conte has had a row over transfers with Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia (Times)

Tottenham showed Lucas Moura around their training ground ahead of a proposed £22m move (Telegraph)

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