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According to reports out of England, Chelsea are resigned to a ‘summer-long transfer battle’ to keep star Eden Hazard as Real Madrid begin their typical media campaign to pave the way for his move to the Santiago Bernabéu.

The Daily Mirror state the Belgian ‘is understood to be learning Spanish’ and is keen to be managed by Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid’s head of recruitment Juni Calafat was at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago to watch Hazard in action as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup.

Stunning developments in the South America World Cup qualifying rounds as Argentina star Lionel Messi has been banned for four World Cup qualifying matches after swearing at a linesman during last week’s 1-0 win over Chile.

Argentina have only five qualifiers left, and without Messi to lead them, are a serious doubt to reach Russia next summer. It does not bode well for Argentina’s hopes of qualifying that they lost the first match Messi missed, losing 2-0 to Bolivia on Tuesday night.

Arsene Will Not Sell Me

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has said he does not believe there is any truth to a report that Arsene Wenger is looking to sell him.

The Daily Express reported last week that both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could be sold by manager Wenger, with the pair yet to extend their contracts which expire in 2018.

However, when asked by Welt am Sonntag about the rumour, Ozil replied:

“And you believe that Wenger would go to journalists before telling me? I know him differently.”

On Friday, the former Real Madrid playmaker said he is still “very happy” at Arsenal but “something is not working with the team” at the moment.

How Would Hazard Fit In At Real Madrid?

Real Madrid have launched ‘Operation Eden Hazard’, but it will take a world-record fee for them to have any chance of signing the Chelsea star.

The fight is on to secure Hazard’s long-term future, with the Blues aware of the Spanish giants’ intention to make him their next Galactico.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea’s resolve to keep the Belgian will weaken if an offer above the world record £89.3million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba is tabled.

The £100m barrier is likely to be broken for the first time if and when Real come calling.

Jose Mourinho is facing an injury crisis ahead of Manchester United ’s Premier League clash with West Brom this weekend.

Mourinho fears he will be without up to seven players for the Old Trafford clash United must win to keep alive their hopes of securing a top-four finish.

United are currently without injured quartet Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba, while Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are suspended.

Skipper Wayne Rooney has been out with a knee injury for the past three weeks and there is no guarantee he will be fit by Saturday, although sources have indicated the 31-year old is ready to return.

We will have some blockbuster matches in the USA this summer.

Manchester United will face Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup.

Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Roma and Tottenham will also take part in the tournament, which will also include a Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Miami.

United will play both of the Spanish giants, starting with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Santa Clara, California, on July 23. In 2014, the two giants played in front of 109,000 fans in Michigan, with United winning 3-1.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Manchester United are willing to activate the €200 million (£173m) release clause in Barcelona forward Neymar’s contract.

On top of the world record transfer fee, United are also willing to pay Neymar €25m (£21m), or £416,000-a-week, to make the switch to England.

The timing is perfect for United to make the move for Neymar now several reasons. One is that his buyout clause increases in value over the next five years. It rises to €222m in 2017 and then to €250m between 2018 and 2021.

Manchester United will face Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup.

Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Roma and Tottenham will also take part in the tournament, which will air on ESPN networks in the U.S. The ICC previously unveiled a Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Miami.

United will play both of the Spanish giants, starting with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Santa Clara, California, on July 23. In 2014, the two giants played in front of 109,000 fans in Michigan, with United winning 3-1.

Arsene Wenger has revealed contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been put on hold until the summer.

The pair have just over a year remaining on their current deals at Arsenal and both are holding out for parity with the highest-paid Premier League players.

There remains uncertainty over whether Ozil or Sanchez can be tempted into extending their contracts at the Emirates Stadium, with Wenger’s own future still unknown.

The Arsenal boss has said he has made up his mind on whether he will remain in charge beyond the end of the current campaign but is yet to reveal if he will sign a two-year contract which is currently on the table.

Crucial Week Ahead For These Six Countries

Club football takes a backseat over the next two weeks as the first international football of the year takes place across the world.

For some countries the latest round of important qualification matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have become must-win games, while for some countries they can all but lock up a place in Russia next summer with ins.

Here is a look at the highlights of the upcoming round of international games.

1: Four Points A Must For USA