Real Madrid are on the verge of completing their second signing within a week as Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard is set to join the Spanish giants for a £88 million fee, which could rise upto £130 million with significant bonuses and add-ons.
Hazard all but confirmed his exit after the Europa League final triumph over Arsenal last Wednesday. “I think it’s a goodbye, but in football you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League, I did this for seven years for one of the biggest clubs in the world. So now maybe it’s time for a new challenge”, the Belgian said.
Eden Hazard had a prolific campaign with Chelsea, winning the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year and Premier League Playmaker of the Year award after scoring 16 goals and registering 15 assists for the Londoners.
The 28-year old has won two Premier League and Europa League titles with the club, and also added an FA Cup and League Cup each to his glorious trophy-laden career at Stamford Bridge. After seven years, however, the Belgian has made up his mind to leave the Blues and join 12-time Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Eden Hazard was recently pictured with a Real Madrid shirt as he spent his holidays in Spain while former Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois has also dropped a major hint on Twitter suggesting that the Belgian’s transfer is imminent. The Madrid goalkeeper replied to a tweet with a ‘hands-up emoji’ which when translated, asked, “Does someone know where is Hazard?”
Los Blancos are looking forward to a huge summer transfer window with many big-money moves set to occur before the next season commences. Zinedine Zidane’s side is in need of a complete overhaul after their disastrous, trophy-less season saw them get knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 whilst finishing 3rd in the La Liga, 19 points behind rivals Barcelona.
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has already completed his transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu in a €60 million deal. Porto defender Eder Militao was signed back in March and with Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy and Christian Eriksen to likely follow, it looks like Real Madrid will be back on their feet come next season.