Reports today are suggesting that Real Madrid may be ready to put in a huge bid of £120million for Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard. Real are looking for a big name signing to excite the fans and the Belgian international may be the perfect fit.
If the move was to go through, it would be a British transfer record, beating the fee that Los Blancos paid Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale. Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea has been questioned over the last few days after he was left on the bench for their 5-0 victory over Stoke City. This could just be due to fixture congestion, but that remains to be seen.
The most interesting part of the rumour is that Hazard’s father told the Belgian press that Eden had refused a contract extension at Stamford Bridge after the rumours of Real Madrid’s interest began.
Admiration of Zidane
Eden Hazard has previously spoken of his admiration for Los Blancos and in particular, manager Zinedine Zidane. He said that it would be a dream to play in a side that is managed by his childhood idol and if Real did come in with a solid bid it would be a surprise if the player did not want to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Hazard’s current deal at Chelsea is due to run until 2020, with Real hoping to use that to their advantage. The current European champions hope their huge £120m bid will make Chelsea want to take the money for their key man now, knowing that his value will drop over the next few transfer windows.
As well as the hefty transfer fee, Real Madrid will have to offer the player himself a large weekly wage, as current club Chelsea are reportedly willing to make him the highest paid player in the Premier League with a new £300,000 a week deal.