Arsenal are considering a shock swoop for Real Madrid flop Eden Hazard if their move for Mykhailo Mudryk fails.
The Gunners are in negotiations to sign the Shakhtar Dontesk winger, with their growing optimism that a transfer fee is close to being agreed.
Mudryk has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal, so the feeling is that this deal will go through – despite a recent attempt from Chelsea to hijack it.
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But Media Foot reports that if the Mudryk deal does fall through, Arsenal will turn their attentions to Hazard.
Hazard’s contract expires at the end of next season and is available for transfer, but it is debatable given his Chelsea past whether he would consider a move to Arsenal.
It’s also questionable whether Arsenal really would pursue a 32-year-old who is quite clearly way past his best.
Hazard’s disaster at Real Madrid
Hazard has been an unmitigated disaster since joining Real Madrid in a €100 million deal in 2019.
Arriving overweight for pre-season laid down a marker for a troubled first three and a half seasons. A talisman who often carried his Chelsea team to success is now being brought along for the ride, with injuries and poor discipline to blame.
Since arriving at Real, the once unplayable Belgian has had more injuries than goal contributions. Madrid have been desperate to get rid of him for the last couple of years but there have been no takers.
This season he has just three starts and four substitute appearances, scoring one goal and producing one assist.