Real Madrid have reportedly made an initial offer to Chelsea to sign Eden Hazard this summer.
According to Daily Record, the Blues have rejected Real Madrid’s offer to sign Hazard but the Blues may be forced to cash in on the Belgian or risk losing him for nothing next year if Hazard fails to extend his contract.
Hazard’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2020 and the 28-year-old has stalled on contract negotiations.
The report also claims Hazard has taken Real Madrid’s bid for him as a good sign as he believes Real Madrid will go all out to sign him this summer.
Chelsea are obviously desperate not to lose Hazard but will demand at least £100million for the Belgian if the club decides to sell.
The reports also claim Real Madrid’s pursuit of Hazard is in addition to them trying to sign Neymar this summer. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly given his approval of both deals.
Asked in January if he would like to join Madrid, Hazard replied: “Why not? You know it very well. You’re asking the question, but you know what the answer will be so you don’t have to ask it.
“I’ve won everything in England, apart from the Community Shield, but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving. I’ve always said that I wanted to explore something different after England but there are also things that might make me stay. After the World Cup, I wanted to leave, but in the end I stayed at Chelsea and I’m playing one of the best seasons so far.”
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims Zidane is willing to let Gareth Bale join Chelsea in order to secure the signing of Hazard.
Balague said: “To get the best out of Bale, Zidane is going to have to put an arm around his shoulder. But the first option will be to try and sell him.
“But it won’t be easy because he earns about 12million euros net and Real Madrid probably want around 75m euros to sell.
“He’s going to be 30 in July, so Man United may think twice about putting that kind of money in the direction of Real and Bale.
“If Chelsea had the possibility of signing Bale it would be a swap with Hazard and I expect all that to appear in the equation. But I feel Bale doesn’t want to leave.”