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TRIBAL TRENDS - TRANSFERS: Neymar eyeing PSG exit already?; Klopp rejects Real Madrid?; Chelsea risk losing Hazard?

Another week passes, and another wave of the transfer merry-go-round rumours emerge.

Is it any surprise to see Manchester United in the headlines? Not necessarily, as any team that has Mourinho at the helm is likely to be at the front lines of any high-end player who becomes available.

You may have been distracted by Alexis Sanchez's imminent move to Old Trafford, but don't worry, we'll covered all the week's hottest rumours in the latest transfer trends:



Eden HazardChelsea

Clubs interested: Real Madrid

It's a little difficult to imagine Chelsea without Eden, as the star number 10 has been at the club for almost 6 years. However, Diario Gol suggests that Hazard's recent rejection of a contract extension has caught Zinedine Zindane's attention.

The Frenchman has demanded that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sign Hazard and offload Asensio, saying that the pair wouldn't be able to play on the same team together.

Nobody said it was an exclusive deal, which means Manchester United could be a destination for Asensio, should Jose Mourinho wish to capitalise on any potential interest.

A 3-way club deal could be on the cards, but like a finely balanced paradigm, each transfer is heavily dependent on the next. All it takes is one.

Likelihood: If Madrid comes knocking, he's off to Spain.




Jurgen KloppLiverpool

Clubs interested: Real Madrid

It's not often you hear of a manager being courted by clubs while employed elsewhere, but Klopp has caught the eye of the Galaticos hierarchy.

According to Don Balon, Florentino Perez is seeking a replacement for Zidane as the star-studded club struggle to stay inside Spain's top 4. Klopp and current Germany manager Joachim Low are the preferences to lead Real next season, but both parties seem uninterested in the job on offer.

You have to admire Klopp's loyalty to Liverpool. It's not like they don't deserve it, but Klopp flatly squashed any interest by declaring he would never manage a club so dominated by politics.

Fighting words from the German, who currently has his Liverpool side sitting 3rd in England and raring in the Champions League with a round of 16 clash with Porto. I don't blame him for not wanting to leave, he's on the verge of a massive breakthrough that Liverpool have craved.

Joachim Low and Mauricio Pochettino are the suggested front runners to succeed

Likelihood: It's a no from me




Neymar – Paris Saint Germain

Clubs interested: Manchester United, Real Madrid

You know the saying money can't buy happiness? I think we've found the real life example.

As it turns out, €222 million man Neymar isn't the happiest of campers in Paris. But such a huge buyout clause could only be met by a select few clubs in the world, and by select few I mean Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Le 10 Sport understands that Real Madrid are prepared to break the bank yet again to sign the Brazilian, with Neymar's father already meeting with Perez to discuss a possible move. Manchester United are also in the mix for the €400 million buyout clause as well.

It's not out of the question for Real Madrid, whose transfer policy is literally "buy big every season" and you cannot get bigger than the current world record transfer, which looks hard to break. Where he'd fit in that killer staring XI is a mystery to me, but if they signed him they'd have to make it work to avoid another world class hissy fit.

Now if United are prepared to spend that kind of money, why not double it and try nab Ronaldo?

Likelihood: You're kidding, right?




Michy Batshuayi - Chelsea

Clubs interested: Sevilla, West Ham United

With the World Cup only five months away, players across the world after hoping they have enough time on the pitch to impress their national team bosses, as they try and make the final cut before Russia.

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi falls into this category.

It can be argued that Batshuayi will make Roberto Martinez's Belgium squad regardless of how much he plays for the Blues. The problem with his current situation is by the time June rolls around, he won't be in any sort of form to be productive for the Red Devils.

Antonio Conte has even elected to use Eden Hazard as Alvaro Morata's back-up when the Spaniard has been unavailable.

TMWclaims Sevilla and Chelsea have agreed upon a loan fee for Batshuayi.

West Ham United are also interested, and if Chelsea really do want Andy Carroll, Batshuayi may very well end up in east London.

Likelihood: Will go down to the wire




Thomas Lemar - Monaco

Clubs interested: Arsenal, Liverpool

RMC Sporthave claimed Monaco have dropped their price for Thomas Lemar.

I'm not sure about this one.

Straight after Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho, news broke like wildfire that Lemar would be his replacement.

Ditto for Arsenal when it became known Alexis Sanchez would be leaving this month.

But over the last few days, there's been not a peep about the talented Frenchman.

Have Monaco told the interested parties they'll have wait until the summer?

I suspect that this is the case. And it is a smart move by the Ligue 1 club.

Not only do they keep ahold of arguably their most talented player as they look to secure another year of Champions League football, but they also have the chance to watch Lemar's value skyrocket.

The 22-year-old will play for France at the World Cup and given his immense talent, it isn't unlikely he'll have a great tournament for one of the favourites.

Likelihood: They'll have to wait until July

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