Spanish club Real Madrid have long hoped to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard and according to Spanish media outlet Onda Cero, Real Madrid are prepared to include Mateo Kovacic and Isco as part of any deal for Hazard.
Kovacic is currently on a season long loan deal at Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid while Isco has fallen out of favour under new Madrid boss Santiago Solari.
Isco is yet to start a La Liga game since Julen Lopetegui was sacked at the end of October.
Real Madrid are hoping Chelsea would be tempted to let Hazard leave with Isco and Kovacic included in a deal for Hazard.
Chelsea are interested in making Kovacic’s loan deal permanent while also preparing a £70million move for Isco so Real Madrid believe including both players in a deal for Hazard could tempt Chelsea to sell the Belgian captain. The idea behind Chelsea’s move for Isco is for the Spanish midfielder to link up with Hazard and not replace him.
There’s no doubting the talent of Kovacic and Isco but Hazard can’t be replaced by both players.
Hazard has just 18 months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge and has previously spoken publicly about his desire to play for Real Madrid.
Hazard scored both Chelsea goals in the 2-1 win away at Watford on Boxing Day and he hinted he could stay on at Chelsea to become a legend at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the win against Watford, Hazard said: “(The 101 goals) mean a lot especially because we won today.
“One-hundred-and-one goals with this amazing club is something I will never forget!
“Now I think me, the fans and players want more. I want to score more goals for the club and want to be a legend like (Frank) Lampard, (Didier) Drogba and try to be my best.
“I can even play at centre back. My target is to score goals and to try and win the game, as a winger or a striker. I missed a couple of chances today, especially in the first half, but I scored two so it’s important to keep focus.
“We showed great character against Man City after defeat by Wolves, and today we did the same thing after a defeat to Leicester.
“When we fight together we are a top team.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri won’t want Hazard to leave Stamford Bridge after insisting Hazard is influential to Chelsea just as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to Barcelona and Juventus respectively.
Speaking after the victory over Watford, Sarri said of Hazard: “Of course he is very important for us, but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo is very important for Juventus. He is a very great player.
“He is able to play in every position. He is playing like a false number nine. He is very able to play in that position, today he scored two goals and I think he made two or three very good assists. He is very able to come to play with the team-mates, he is able to make space for team-mates, he is very able in that position, but I think that he can play very well in every position.”