REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane wants to sell Gareth Bale – and a possible Eden Hazard swap deal with Chelsea could be on.
That’s according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Zidane returned to Real Madrid this week, replacing Santiago Solari at the Bernabeu.
The Frenchman quit Real last summer after club president Florentino Perez refused to revamp the squad.
However, Perez has promised Zidane he can spend big in the summer.
Real have already signed Porto defender Eder Militao, who will join Real at the end of the season.
Zidane will have around £300m to spend this summer, with Chelsea star Hazard and PSG’s Neymar topping his wishlist.
Real outcast Bale, who struggled to get regular game time under Zidane at the Bernabeu, could be sold to free up funds for Hazard or Neymar.
And Balague says Zidane is keen to sell Bale – who is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United – and he could be used in exchange for Hazard this summer.
“So, to get the best out of Bale, Zidane is going to have to put an arm around his shoulder. But the first option will be to try and sell him,” said Balague.
“But it won’t be easy because he earns about 12million euros net and Real Madrid will probably want around 75million euros to sell.
“He’s going to be 30 in July, so Manchester United may think twice about putting that kind of money in the direction of Real Madrid and Bale.
“If Chelsea had the possibility of signing Bale it would be a swap with [Eden] Hazard and I expect all that to appear in the equation. But I feel Bale doesn’t want to leave.
“Bale would like to stay at Real Madrid.
“But he will also have to show that he is in love with the game again enough to improve and challenge himself and get to the level we know he can be.”
Zidane faces Celta Vigo in his first game back in charge at Real this afternoon.
And Express Sport has revealed his Real Madrid predicted line up for the La Liga clash.