Real Madrid are increasingly confident of signing Chelsea star Eden Hazard this summer, according to reports from Spain.
Spanish newspaper AS claims Hazard, Real Madrid, and Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane – are all fully agreed on the deal.
The only complication to the deal is Chelsea. The Blues want £100million for Hazard, an amount Real Madrid are not willing to pay.
AS claim Real Madrid are not willing to pay that £100million for Hazard because the Belgian would have just one year left on his contract this summer.
Real Madrid are reportedly only willing to pay between €80million and €90million (£69million and £78million) for Hazard.
Real Madrid are confident they will sign Hazard for less than the £100million Chelsea are demanding for the Belgian after signing Thibaut Courtois for less than Chelsea’s valuation last summer. Just like Hazard, Courtois had just one year left on his Chelsea contract.
Hazard has scored 19 goals in 42 appearances for Chelsea so far this season, and claimed 12 assists.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists it’s impossible to find another Hazard amid reports linking the 28-year-old with a summer move to Real Madrid.
Sarri said: “It’s impossible to find another Hazard. At the moment there isn’t another Hazard. His level is so high in all the world I think you can find two (other) players like Hazard.
“He told me he has to decide. I hope Hazard can stay here, otherwise we have to try something different.
“I am sure the club doesn’t want to sell him, but of course we all have to respect his decision. He is in his last season of contract. If he wants to have another experience we have to respect it. We will try of course in every way to convince him, but it’s not easy.”
During the game against West Ham on Monday night, the Hammers fans sang that Hazard is off to Real Madrid in the summer but Hazard laughed it off as he told Sky Sports after the game: “They are wrong.
“I am focused with Chelsea till the end of the season. We still have top four and Europa League. There is still a lot to do and then we will see.”