The Blues fear Eden Hazard wants to join Real Madrid – and the club know there’s a huge chance he will leave.
Chelsea have yet to be convinced that Hazard wants to remain at Stamford Bridge, claims the bleacherreport.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri managed to fend off moves from Real Madrid before the season began, but the club are still seeking a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
It appears the 27-year-old could make a move to the Spanish capital in the summer, after Real look to increase their £150m valuation closer to the £200m that Chelsea have placed on his head. Hazard is having a great season for the Blues and already has 10 goals in 19 Premier League appearances.
The Blues superstar's contract expires in 2020 and Hazard is stalling on signing a renewal.
If no agreement is reached, it could force Chelsea's hand to move the player on rather than risk losing him on a free transfer.
“I don't see Eden Hazard being there next season, and Barkley may be one of those that has to step up,” Merson said.
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