Goal is reporting that Real Madrid has signalled its interest in securing the services of Chelsea FC and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard.
According to the football website, this development is mainly influenced by the return of Zinedine Zidane to the Madrid club as manager, following yesterday’s sack of caretaker coach Santi Solari.
It has become obvious for some time that Hazard is not certain to remain at the Stamford Bridge beyond this summer – not only has he stalled on signing a new contract, he has also taken every opportunity afforded him to express his dream of playing for Real Madrid.
Some other factors that make his exit from Chelsea likely are the fact that he very close to turning 30 years old, he has one year left on his contract after this season, and Chelsea’s struggle to qualify for the Champions League, never mind challenge for the major trophies in the near future.
Goal is now suggesting that, in the light of all these considerations, a relatively low fee of £100m is what Chelsea is demanding from Real Madrid.
This will come as more bad news for Chelsea fans as there are still lingering fears about a possible transfer ban over the next two transfer windows for breach of the rules surrounding the signing of under-age players.