Soccer Transfer Rumors: Real Madrid, Chelsea Could Soon Finalize Eden Hazard Deal After Months of 'Secret Talks'
Latest soccer rumors have emerged that Real Madrid and Chelsea could soon finalize a deal sending Eden Hazard to Spain after months of "secret talks" between the two European giants.
Hazard, 26, is back to his top form this season after a lackluster performance in the previous one, Caught Offside noted. The then defending champions Chelsea finished 10th and out of contention in both the Champions League and Europa League tournaments, while Hazard scored just four goals in 31 appearances in the Premier League.
This season, the Blues looked headed to another English top-flight title as they are eight points ahead of current second-place team Manchester City with 13 rounds to go in the competitions. Hazard has so far netted 10 goals in 24 games and has been one of the key players for new manager Antonio Conte this term and so the Belgian has unsurprisingly attracted the interest of many top clubs across Europe.
Real is perhaps the biggest club targeting Hazard and, according to talkSPORT, they are close to completing an agreement with Chelsea for the signature of the Belgium international. The Madrid outfit said to have beaten French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the bidding war for Hazard.
The report continued that Real and Chelsea had been in "secret talks" for a few months "ahead of a summer move". Exact figures are not yet mentioned, however, but it is expected to be a "mega-money deal" at the end of the current season.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez are rumored to be long-time admirers of Hazard. The two Los Blancos officials are reportedly planning Hazard to be their next Galactico signing this summer.
Hazard has been with the Blues for four-and-a-half seasons already since he was acquired in the summer of 2012 from Ligue 1 side Lille OSC for a reported transfer fee of $39 million. He has scored 65 goals in 234 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea so far.
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