CHELSEA look set to lose star ahead Eden Hazard to Actual Madrid this summer season.
Los Blancos, now underneath the management of Zinedine Zidane as soon as extra, reportedly noticed their first bid for the Belgian, 28, knocked again this week.
However Actual have loads extra funds within the financial institution and are primed to launch a contemporary bid of nearer to £100million for Hazard.
Now, with the summer season switch window looming, we have run down the 5 purpose why it is all-but a accomplished deal.
1. PLAN B-LUES
CHELSEA have been hit with a two-window switch ban – that a lot is concrete.
Nonetheless, there’s the skin risk the Blues will be capable of delay the ban till after this summer season’s window – permitting them to spend huge and usher in reinforcements.
Ought to they NOT be allowed to delay the suspension, the Blues have a plan B in place – recalling a number of gifted children from their mortgage spells.
Together with the likes of first-teamers Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu, the loanees may lastly turn into the way forward for a Hazard-less Chelsea.
2. ON THE PUL
CHELSEA knew in January they risked shedding Hazard – so splashed £58m on Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.
Many consider the USA worldwide, 20, is the “subsequent Hazard” so it is simple to see why the Blues plumped for the like-for-like alternative.
There is not any doubt Pulisic remains to be very uncooked, however he actually has what it takes to step into Chelsea’s No10’s boots.
three. HE HAZ MADE HIS MIND UP
“I’VE made my thoughts up and I do know what path of motion I’ll take.”
These are phrases spoken by Hazard himself on February 5 reside on Radio Montecarlo.
Chelsea bosses know precisely what the Belgian meant by that – and are considered resigned to shedding their prized asset.
four. TOO LATE TO SAY SARRI?
CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri has hardly helped the state of affairs surrounding Hazard this season.
With the Blues struggling underneath their new boss, Sarri took a swipe at his key man, saying: “Hazard isn’t one in every of our leaders.”
The Italian adopted that up with a refrain of: “I solely need gamers right here that need to play for Chelsea.”
There’s taking part in exhausting to get, Maurizio, after which there’s simply scaring somebody off…
5. I WANT ZIZOU
IN November 2017, with Zidane having fun with his first spell at Actual Madrid, Hazard confirmed it will be a “dream” to play for the Frenchman.
Hazard advised RTL: “It might be a dream come true to play for Zidane.”
Los Blancos have briefly reignited their curiosity in Liverpool star Sadio Mane, however with Hazard a long-term admirer of each Actual and Zidane, it is all however over… proper?