Real Madrid have made West Ham winger Felipe Anderson their backup option if they fail to land Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to reports in the UK.
The Spanish club are in negotiations to sign Hazard but the Blues are reportedly holding out for a fee in excess of £100m.
That is despite the fact that the Belgian international will be available for free in the summer of 2020 if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
The major complication appears to be Chelsea’s transfer ban which could strengthen the London club’s resolve to keep hold of Hazard, forcing Real to move on to other targets.
Anderson is apparently the La Liga club’s main alternative with a £65m offer being prepared for the Brazilian if negotiations for Hazard collapse.
Since arriving at the London Stadium in the summer for £36m, Anderson has been in good form, having scored nine goals and provided five assists in 35 appearances.
Whether the Hammers would consider selling the 25-year-old for almost double the figure they paid Lazio a year ago, it remains to be seen.