Real Madrid are apparently interested in signing attacking midfielder Eden Hazard from Chelsea in the January transfer window, according to Sports Direct News.
The Belgian has been a revelation in West London since arriving from Lille in the summer of 2012 for a reported 37 million euros, so would cost a substantial fee.
Part of the move could be funded by Madrid wheeling and dealing however, in particular Angel di Maria who has been heavily linked to moneybags Ligue 1 side Monaco, and Hazard could be the replacement for the Argentine.
Hazard would certainly add another attacking threat, after scoring 22 goals and setting up another 23 in just 82 games for Chelsea, and is one of Chelsea’s key players, which would make Real’s move an ambitious one, especially after the Blues boss Jose Mourinho left the Bernabeu in the summer in a particularly fractious way.
Where Hazard would fit into the Madrid lineup is another problem, particularly as Ancelotti likes to use a front three of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The first two are almost definitely first picks on the team sheet, and Hazard is unlikely to be a good fit in a striking role, a position where Benzema is a natural.