The call of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is likely to prove hard to resist for Eden Hazard in the upcoming transfer window with Chelsea under pressure to at least sit down and hear out Real Madrid’s offer.
A similar approach was made 12 months ago with Los Blancos dead set on the Belgian, who is admired by both the club hierarchy and coach Zinedine Zidane, although Hazard ultimately stayed put to lead Chelsea towards what will be his second Premier League winners’ medal.
At the time, Blues director Marina Granovskaia is said to have told the winger that they wouldn’t reject a future advance from Madrid out of hand, and are thus making fresh moves to keep the man who stuck around during a terrible spell for both club and player last season.
Roman Abramovich is reportedly willing to put 200 million euros into the transfer kitty this summer to convince Hazard that the London giants are intent on challenging for both the Premier League and Champions League in years to come.
James Rodriguez, Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata, and Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko are all names being bandied about at Stamford Bridge as they attempt to make their own big money signings.
However the desire is strong at Real and Zidane loves Hazard’s speed, skill and unpredictability, setting the wheels in motion for one of the upcoming summer’s biggest transfer sagas.