Eden Hazard now 1/5 to join Real Madrid – Is the Belgian heading for the Bernabeu?

Eden Hazard now 1/5 to join Real Madrid – Is the Belgian heading for the Bernabeu?

Rumours linking Eden Hazard with a move to Real Madrid have stepped up a gear this week. Not even 24 hours on from another outstanding performance from the Belgian as Chelsea saw off West Ham 2-0 on Monday night, Maurizio Sarri has had to field more questions about the potential summer departure of one of the stars of the Premier League.

‘If Eden wants another experience it’s very difficult to keep him,’ Sarri told Sky Sports following the London derby win. In truth, the decision is unlikely to be Sarri’s to make but with Hazard’s contract set to expire in June 2020, Chelsea will risk losing him for nothing unless they cash in this summer. Noises coming out of the Real Madrid camp also appear to have made this transfer likely to happen this summer and Hazard is now 1/5 to join the Spanish club before the transfer deadline at the start of next season.

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Hazard to Join Real Madrid this summer – 1/5

For any transfer to go through, there needs to be both a willing buyer and seller as well as a player who wants the move. In an era of relentless transfer speculation, many supposed transfer links fall well short when it comes to one or more of those factors. However in this case, it seems that all three things could well fall into place soon, providing the clubs can agree a fee.

Eden Hazard has been openly flirting with Los Blancos for well over a year now, going as far as to describe playing for Real Madrid as ‘a dream’. Having recently turned 28 and being at the very top of his game, he is clearly in the prime of his football career. From both a financial and football perspective, this would seem like the perfect time for Hazard to make a big move and commit his peak football years to the club he has described as the biggest in the world.

Real Madrid also now appear increasingly willing buyers. Last summer, Hazard was effectively third choice on their shopping list behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Unable to entice either away from Paris, Los Blancos ultimately decided against going in for a ‘galactico’, something that has since proved a mistake given the abject failure of this season. There were hopes in the Spanish capital that PSG would be hit with a heavy Financial Fair Play punishment forcing them to sell one of their star assets this summer. However the French side now appear to be off the hook in that regard, which will again make it tough for Real to go in for Neymar or Mbappé. In any case, Hazard’s stock has if anything risen since last summer and Zinedine Zidane’s return also appears to make the transfer more likely.

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