Real Madrid to pay £88.5 million up front for Eden Hazard

Real Madrid to pay £88.5 million up front for Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard is on his way to Real Madrid.

Following months of negotiations with Chelsea, Real Madrid could announce the signing of the Belgium star today, after yesterday brought a decisive breakthrough in talks.

Yes, Chelsea are losing their influential playmaker, but this deal is as good as they could have got. Hazard was informed of the agreement yesterday and will finalise personal terms on his return from worldwide duty next week.

Diario Gol reports that Zinedine Zidane's treatment of Vinicius hasn't gone down well with the Brazilian winger, who has been one of Real Madrid's lone bright sport in an otherwise bleak season.

He also helped the club win two Premier Leagues, two Europa Leagues, an FA Cup and a League Cup. He has never told Chelsea fans he is definitely staying and has never dropped his levels in both effort and quality on the pitch.

He instead entered the penultimate year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and with no new deal ever looking likely to be agreed, Chelsea were put in a position in which they needed to sell their superstar before he left on a free transfer in the summer of 2020.

An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) could see the ban delayed or even overturned, but for now there will be no new faces coming through the door.

As for Hazard's new club, the Belgian wizard will grace the Santiago Bernabeu easily and will take over the mantle as the star man who will lead the charge against Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

Hazard's last act as a Chelsea player looks to have been winning the Europa League.



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