Real Madrid are reportedly ready to break the world transfer record this summer and make Chelsea winger Eden Hazard the planet’s first £100m footballer, if the latest gossip is to be believed.
Hazard is coming off the back of a resurgent season for which he was recently crowned Chelsea’s Player of the Year, but speculation regarding a possible move to Real Madrid has been accelerating for a number of months.
According to a claim by The Sun, it is Hazard who is Real’s ‘prime target’ this summer and not Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
The report suggests that as many as three meetings have taken place between representatives of Real and Hazard since the turn of the calendar year. It was seemingly at one of these discussions that the Belgian was made aware of Los Blancos’ intention to spend £100m (€115m) on him.
That would surpass the £89m (€105m) that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer and would return the transfer record to the Bernabeu, where the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo have all been the world’s most expensive player this century.
26-year-old Hazard is known to have idolised current Real coach Zidane since he was a young boy and a desire to realise the dream of working with the Frenchman appears to remain Real’s big hope.
The Sun report notes that meetings between the parties included surprisingly specific tactical discussions, with Hazard apparently fully aware of the position he would have in the team were he to make the switch to Spain – as a #10 operating behind Real’s famed ‘BBC’ forwards.
Just this week, Hazard told Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad that he is ‘happy’ at Chelsea and it is thought the Premier League champions are preparing a new bumper contract for the player, with talks expected to begin in the coming weeks.
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