Real Madrid ‘set to make opening offer of £70m’ for Eden Hazard as they begin process of luring Chelsea star to the Bernabeu in the summer
- Real Madrid will open the bidding for Chelsea star Eden Hazard at £70m
- Chelsea will almost certainly reject the offer as they want over £100m for him
- But it is part of the process Real will go through to lure the Belgian star
- Reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as manager has increased chances of move
Chelsea will almost certainly reject the opening bid as they want at least £100m for their prized asset, but Real want to make a statement of intent.
Real Madrid are set to open the bidding at £70m for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard
Hazard was an unused substitute as Chelsea thrashed Dynamo Kiev 5-0 on Thursday night
The return of Zinedine Zidane, who won the Champions League three times with Real, has only increased the probability they will pursue Hazard this summer.
Hazard, 28, has turned down several contract offers from Chelsea that would have made him the highest-paid player in club history.
The Premier League club are increasingly resigned to losing Hazard this summer.
The reappointment of Zinedine Zidane has increased the chances of Hazard making the move
Chelsea are highly unlikely to accept anything less than £100m for Hazard in the summer
Coach Maurizio Sarri said prior to their 5-0 Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night: ‘You have to ask Hazard [about Zidane] I think.
‘I don’t know at the moment. I didn’t speak with Eden about Zidane.
‘I am not worried because you know my opinion. I want only in my team players who want to play for Chelsea, so I can’t be worried.’