Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is set to move to Real Madrid this summer with a deal close to being finalised, according to reports.
Hazard has been a target for Madrid for some time, but interest was stepped up when Zinedine Zidane came back to the manager’s seat earlier in the year.
Zidane made signing the Belgian a priority and it appears he is going to get his wish, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
They report that Madrid, Hazard and Chelsea have been secretly working on the terms of a deal for months and that terms are close to being agreed and a deal could be announced within days.
Hazard has made no secret of his admiration for Madrid and desire to play at the Bernabeau one day. He has also expressed frustration at Chelsea’s ambition and failure to challenge for the Premier League or Champions League titles.
Chelsea will not want to lose one of their stars but will likely receive a fee in the region of £100 million for him. There are also signs the club has been preparing for Hazard’s departure with the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.