Real Madrid are launching a massive assault on Eden Hazard
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is trying to build a dynasty at Stamford Bridge, but Real Madrid may ruin his plans to bring glory to the Blues. Florentino Perez and company are planning a massive summer transfer move for Eden Hazard.
Reports from England claim that Zinedine Zidane’s club are ready to bid over £100 million for the Belgium star. If that isn’t enough to tempt the Blues into selling, they’re also willing to include Alvaro Morata as part of a potential deal. Conte and Morata worked together at Juventus and it’s thought that both are keen for a Premier League reunion.
Even Hazard’s teammates are confused as to what their offensive talisman wants to do. On one hand, they know he’s happy playing for Conte on a side that will likely win their second Premier League title in just three seasons. On the other hand, moving to Real Madrid would present Hazard with a new challenge.
The one sure thing about the race to secure Hazard this summer is that it’s going to be very expensive. Rumors emanating from around Stamford Bridge claim that Conte is willing to offer him a wage packet in excess of £300 thousand per week.
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That’s a lot of money, but it isn’t as if Real Madrid are going to get outbid for a player they really covet. Given the fact that Hazard is their top summer priority, it’s highly likely that Los Blancos are willing to match any wage packet that Chelsea see fit to offer.
Given the projected similarity of the financial offers, Hazard’s decision will likely come down to which club he really believes to be capable of challenging for Champions League titles moving forward. It’s very possible that Chelsea could be in that position as soon as next season. Conte surely has them on the right track.
Real Madrid are assured of being in contention for the grandest of prizes though. Zidane’s squad are the defending European Champions and may very well win it again this season. They may not be the favourites, but they aren’t far off.
It may seem harsh, but Hazard’s decision will be a sharp referendum on whether or not he believes Chelsea are at or near Real Madrid’s level. If he fully believes in Conte’s vision for the Blues, he’ll stay put. If not, look for him to move to warmer clients in Spain this summer.