Chelsea have now agreed for Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid after telling the 28-year-old they will not stand in his way if he wants to leave.
Hazard is stalling on signing a contract extension and is widely expected to leave in the summer.
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Zinedine Zidane has made the Belgian one of his priority signings once the window reopens as he looks to find a replacement to Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to The Sun, Chelsea have told Hazard’s representatives that he can leave the club, but only if Real meet their asking price of £100million.
That would make Hazard Real’s club-record signing and the Spanish giants are prepared to pay up despite the player’s contract expiring in little over a years’ time.
The Spanish club have already arranged a bumper contract offer for the Chelsea star worth an astonishing £400,000-a-week after tax – something the Blues simply can’t match.
He will also earn around £15m in bonuses, as Real have already started looking for a luxury house to help him settle in immediately.
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Chelsea would love to keep Hazard but must seize this opportunity to cash in now or risk losing him for nothing in the summer.
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