Chelsea to issue a firm rejection of £100m offer for Eden Hazard this summer.
The Eden Hazard and Real Madrid connection seems to have intensified in recent days with reports that Real are preparing to offer Chels...
The Eden Hazard and Real Madrid connection seems to have intensified in recent days with reports that Real are preparing to offer Chelsea a world record £100m for the Belgian playmaker to which Chelsea are to reject without hesitation.
This past week Spanish newspaper Marca wrote a report stating that Chelsea and Hazard would be willing to negotiate which is contrary to reports in England. This has led to intense speculation and comment from people with connections to both clubs in the media. As yet, Chelsea have chosen not to comment on media speculation and rumour.
Speaking to Sky Sports, ex-Chelsea player and captain Ray Wilkins stated that if Chelsea were to sell Eden Hazard, he would “give up his season ticket” as he considers him to be irreplaceable at Stamford Bridge.
However, ex-President of Real Madrid Ramon Calderon and dismissed the report from Marca by claiming that he was unsure if Real would pay at least £100m or have the financial clout now to do so.
It’s pure speculation that will intensify over the coming weeks and as I have said on here before, it will be interesting to see if Real come forward with any offer? Knowing of Antonio Conte’s reported interest in Alvaro Morata, could he be used as a pawn with additional cash offered to try and temp Chelsea into making the deal happen?
What of the recent reports that Roman Abramovich had personally struck a deal with his counterparts at Barcelona to secure the transfer of the Brazilian Neymar for £155m? Could he come in as a replacement for Hazard if Chelsea do sell?
What of the player himself? Well it appears that additional reports in the media would have us believe that Eden Hazard has told close friends of his intention to remain at Chelsea next season as he looks to take the fight to the Champions League in Chelsea blue again next year.
If you then take the clubs perspective that they do not intend to sell their best player at the age of 26 for any fee and no matter who came in for him, it seems that Real Madrid would have a real battle on their hands for once. Think of the biggest names that have signed for them over the years whenever they have come calling, it seemed like all they had to do was make contact and the deal was virtually certain.
This is Chelsea. This is Roman Abramovich and I wouldn’t bet against him when it comes to Eden Hazard. Would you?
Article source: The Sun.