Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will become Real Madrid‘s third signing ahead of next season, following on from Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao, as the agreement between all three parties will be made official in the coming days.
A few years ago, when Hazard was plying his trade at Lille, Zinedine Zidanesuggested the Belgian’s signing to Florentino Perez, and the Madrid president indicated that his name will be considered when he reaches an elite level.
Once Chelsea‘s season comes to an end, Hazard will move to Los Blancos with Borussia Dortmund‘s playmaker Christian Pulisic taking his place at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have appealed against their transfer ban, asking for it to be postponed until after the next transfer window, which would enable them to have room for manoeuvre this summer.
Hazard has rejected up to three contract renewal offers from the English club; he has always been eager to make the jump to Real Madrid.
A transfer fee close to 100 million euros
The Belgium international will move to Madrid for a fee close to 100 million euros as he has only one year left on his contract.
Last summer Chelsea demanded 200m euros for the 28-year-old, but the relationship between the two clubs is now excellent due to Mateo Kovacic‘s loan move.
Although Los Blancos will work to further strengthen with players that can improve the current squad, they have made it clear that they will not spend huge sums of money on signings.
Madrid want to comply to their salary limit, while Sergio Ramos will be the highest paid player at the club. No player who is not considered to be world class will overtake the captain’s salary.
Doubts with Pogba
Paul Pogba is the first name on Zidane‘s wish list, but the board do not share the same opinion as the 46-year-old coach.
They consider the 2018 World Cup winner as a great player, but they are not willing to pay his 150 million euro price tag.
The midfielder may want to leave, and he would fancy a move to Real Madrid, but Manchester United are not keen to offload a player without receiving an eye-watering fee.
Meanwhile, the name of Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen has been put on the table. The Dane is willing to wait for Zidane‘s decision before replying to Spurs‘ offer of a contract extension.
Finally, reinforcement in defence will only arrive in the event that Raphael Varane remains firm in his decision to leave the club, while Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is considered by many inside Madrid to be the heir to Luka Modric.