With Zinedine Zidane having replaced Santiago Solari, the Liga side are now moving ahead with their attempts to sign the Chelsea forward. Real Madrid have signaled their intent to secure the £100 million ($132m) summer signing of Chelsea star Eden Hazard. Their interest in the Belgian represents the first proper contact ahead of a potential summer move. The appointment of Hazard’s idol Zinedine Zidane as Santiago Solari’s replacement at the Bernabeu could prove decisive in making up the 28-year-old’s mind,
Hazard has already described the move s a “DREAM” with Madrid having frequently been linked with the former Lille winger over the last couple of years.
Chelsea are asking for around £100m from the reigning European champions, who are aiming to get the asking price down.
Madrid are keen to maintain a positive relationship with the west London club in the negotiations, as they did in the process of securing the signing of Thibaut Courtois from the Blues in 2018.
Hazard is in a strong bargaining position over his future at Stamford Bridge as his Chelsea contact enters the final year.
The Blues have fought hard to keep their star man and had hoped to renew his contract – making him the club’s highest-earning player in the process in an attempt to ensure he finished his career at Stamford Bridge.
With the Liga giants now stepping up their plans to sign Hazard, Chelsea are set for something of a turbulent summer.
As well as Hazard, there are also doubts over the long-term future of Callum Hudson-Odoi who has been contacted by Bayern Munich lately but was ultimately blocked from making the move.
He will also be entering the final year of his contract in summer 2019 and will likely be considering his future again as regular first-team opportunities in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri continue to be hard to come by.