The latest rumours suggest that Real Madrid have held talks with Chelsea over a potential deal involving striker Karim Benzema and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard. It has not been the greatest season for Benzema, as he has missed a number of games through injury in the first few months.
The lack of game time has meant that the Frenchman has got five goals in all competitions. This is not too bad, but since Real are struggling badly in La Liga so far they really need their main striker to be contributing more to the team. Zinedine Zidane’s side trail the league leaders by a number of points and goals have been a bit of an issue.
The Spanish publication Diario Gol suggests that Los Blancos may look to offload Benzema in the summer. They have also claimed that talks are underway with English Premier League side Chelsea regarding a potential swap deal involving Eden Hazard.
Player Plus Cash
Of course, with the age of the two players being considered it is fair to say that Eden Hazard’s market value is quite a bit higher than Karim Benzema’s. This would mean that any potential deal would be player plus cash, with Real Madrid also having to spend a bit extra to make the deal happen.
Hazard has been a long-term target for Los Blancos and it would be a major coup if they were able to get the deal done in the summer. The Belgian international was actually rumoured to head to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer but the player broke his ankle, ending any potential move on that occasion.
The deal will not be a simple one though, as the report from Diario Gol also suggests that Chelsea are desperate to keep Hazard. The player may demand a move though, as Chelsea themselves have had a poor season too.