According to a report in Spain, Eden Hazard will become Real Madrid’s third signing ahead of the 2019-20 season.
The Chelsea playmaker has little over a year left to run on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, leaving the Blues in a weak negotiating position.
MARCA claim that Hazard, Chelsea and Real Madrid have been in talks for months and that a deal is expected to be struck in a matter of days.
The same source also suggests that Real will hold off from announcing Hazard as their latest marquee signing until Chelsea have nothing left to play for this season.
Chelsea are currently fighting on two fronts in a bid to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
They are trying to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, but also have the chance to qualify for the UCL by winning the Europa League, with the final scheduled for May 29.
If Chelsea get knocked out by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals, Hazard could be confirmed as a Real Madrid player when Chelsea’s domestic season concludes on May 12.
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If not, it seems Real Madrid fans may have to wait until the end of the month for the big announcement.
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