Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are reportedly ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Eden Hazard from Real Madrid in the summer.
According to a report by 90 min, Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund lead the race to sign Eden Hazard in the summer transfer window. The Real Madrid outcast is also a target for Arsenal, but the Gunners have fallen behind Dortmund.
Eden Hazard’s stock has plummetted since completing a dream transfer to Real Madrid from Chelsea in July 2019. The Belgian international was once regarded as one of the best players in Europe but has become an afterthought at Real Madrid, with his career reaching its lowest ebb in the ongoing campaign.
The 31-year-old has garnered only 877 minutes of game-time across 22 outings in all competitions, with his last appearance for Real Madrid coming in February. Hazard’s season has already come to an end after he underwent ankle surgery. Meanwhile, the Merengues are keen on offloading the ex-Chelsea talisman in the summer, with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal hot on his heels.
Borussia Dortmund will undergo a squad overhaul in the summer transfer window, with Sebastian Kehl looking to wield the axe on several players when he succeeds Michael Zorc as the sporting director. The Bundesliga giants will likely be in the market for a wide-attacker and have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Hazard.
According to 90 min, the Black and Yellows are now the front-runners in the race to sign the Real Madrid outcast. But Arsenal might have something to say in the duel with the Bundesliga giants, considering the Gunners have recently stepped up their pursuit of the Belgian forward.
Nicolas Pepe faces an uncertain future at Arsenal after dropping to the bottom of the pecking order of wide-attackers at the Emirates. In addition, Gabriel Martinelli might become an option to play as a striker if Arsenal cannot sign multiple centre-forwards in the summer. Hazard is thus a viable target for the north Londoners.
But with Dortmund reportedly leading the race to sign the 31-year-old from Real Madrid, Arsenal will have to intensify the efforts to land him further. For now, the Bundesliga giants seem to have taken the driver’s seat in this transfer saga.