Real Madrid will have to wait no longer to know how much they’ll have to pay for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, as the Blues have finally agreed to put a price tag on him and face the fact that he’s got to go.
Los Blancos were unwilling to meet a high price for the talented forward earlier in the season, but now it looks like they’ll have to go with the flow and live by Chelsea’s demands before another club makes a move.
According to The Mirror, the London side has put a (€127m/$142m) price tag on him, even though Real Madrid’s offer is currently sitting around the €85 million marks.
The Belgian forward wants his future to be decided right after the UEFA Europa League final, which will take place next Friday against Arsenal, but, apparently, the clubs are unlikely to reach an agreement that far.
As per the report, Hazard has set a deadline of June 4 to complete his move to Santiago Bernabeu, with Zinedine Zidane pushing Florentino Perez and the team’s officials to sign the Belgian.
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The Mirror also reported that Hazard told his friends that he wants this deal to be done before joining Belgium ahead of next Euro 2020 qualifiers vs. Kazakhstan on June 8 and Scotland on June 11.
However, Real Madrid is still trying to convince the Blues to take Mateo Kovacic and/or James Rodriguez as a way to lower Hazard’s price, something the Blues are not exactly against but they need more time to figure out a way to make this deal work.
Los Blancos are poised to make a move for fellow Premier League stars Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen in the summer as well, but Hazard has been Zidane’s long-time target and is supposed to be the team’s first signing ahead of their major roster overhaul.