According to Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid have an agreement already in place to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard. The Belgian International has consistently been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, and it seems Real Madrid have won the race for his signature ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.
If the claims from sources close to the Spanish club that Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of Eden Hazard are true, this could offer an explanation for the 2014/15 player of the season’s poor form throughout the current Premier League campaign. The 25-year-old midfielder has registered just 2 goals and 4 assists in 37 appearances this season, with both goals coming in the FA Cup. When compared with last season (19 goals in 52 appearances), the Belgian has clearly, to his standards, been under-performing.
Nevertheless, Hazard’s undeniable ability means Chelsea are still demanding a substantial amount of money – reportedly a sum in the region of £78million. This transfer fee is not unrealistic, as Chelsea have in the past been able to sell players such as David Luiz and Ramires for arguably extortionate prices. Other reports have suggested Madrid players Isco and James Rodriguez could potentially be included in a deal for the Belgian.
Cashing-in on Eden Hazard at the end of the season could be a wise move for Chelsea as they look to build a fresh start under their incoming new manager, who will almost certainly be Antonio Conte. Hazard has recently referred to Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as his “idol”, saying he wants “to work with the best managers in the world”, hinting at a move to the Bernabeu.
Hazard’s shocking drop in statistical performance has highlighted the mental aspect of football and how big a part it plays in a players performance. With that in mind, Hazard’s performances are showing us that there really is a lack of desire from the Belgian and for one reason or another, his mind is somewhere else. It is best to sell him and move on, especially if Madrid are willing to offer such a large amount (£78million).
A swap deal could be a great option for Chelsea to explore, with the likes of Isco and James Rodriguez reportedly up for sale this summer.