Eden Hazard has long been associated with a move to Real Madrid and it seems the move is finally happening. However, as per reports, Chelsea have slapped a world record transfer fee for the Belgian.
Following Belgium’s 2-0 win over England in the 3rd place play-off in the World Cup, the 27-year old hinted that his time at the Stamford Bridge could be over. He said,” After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different. Certainly, after this World Cup, I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”
According to sports outlet ESPN, Madrid has been monitoring the situation for months. The Blues are, however, composed about the situation and are set to offer him a bumper new contract in the next few weeks. They are convinced that the arrival of mercurial manager Maurizio Sarri and Italian midfielder Jorginho will convince the forward to stay. Moreover, the club is also being linked to a move to procure Gonzalo Higuain and Daniel Rugani from Juventus and if that is done, it will only help their case further.
However, this is football and anything could happen at any given moment. As such, Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s majority stakeholder is prepared to sell the former Lille man, but for an eye-watering price of €225 million. If Fiorentino Perez, Madrid’s president does go for a deal, it will see Hazard become the most expensive player in the world. With Cristiano Ronaldo sold to Juventus and new boss Julian Lopetegui coming in, the Galacticos have a lot of rebuilding to do and they may be tempted to make an offer.
With less than a month to go for the window to shut close, it will be interesting to see what transpires. Keep watching this space for more.