Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard all season, and according to reports, they are said to have all but finalised a €100million (£86m) deal for the Belgian international.
According to French media outlet L’Equipe, Hazard will be officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player after Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29.
The report claims Real Madrid have agreed a deal with Chelsea for Hazard weeks ago but the move will only be made public once the Blues’ season officially ends.
Hazard has just one year left on his contract and showed no inclination to sign a new deal with the club. This has forced Chelsea to cash in on the Belgian despite his importance to the team and the imminent two-window transfer ban for breaking rules over the signing of under-18 players.
Hazard impressed for Chelsea this season scoring 16 league goals and providing 15 assists. He was awarded the Premier League’s Playmaker of the Season award for having the highest assists in the Premier League this season.
Hazard confirmed after the goalless draw against Leicester City on Sunday that he has told the club weeks ago about his decision to leave this summer.
He said: “I have made my decision but it is not just about me. I told the club a couple of weeks ago. I wanted it to be cleared up earlier but that’s not happened. I’m still waiting, like the fans are waiting.”