Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Rumours on £170M Eden Hazard Bid

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJuly 22, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Eden Hazard of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Chelsea reportedly remain unwilling to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer even if the Spanish giants make a massive bid of £170 million.

Los Blancos are said to be "willing to pay the second-biggest fee in transfer history" for Hazard. Chelsea refuse to sell and believe he can be convinced to sign a new deal, according to John Richardson and Tom Hopkinson at the Sunday Mirror.

Hazard has two years left on his current deal, and Chelsea plan to offer him a new contract worth £300,000 a week. They will begin negotiations when he returns to the club from holiday.

Maurizio Sarri has said he hopes to improve Hazard during his time with the Blues, as shown by Goal:

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Hazard cast doubt over his Chelsea future after the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he helped Belgium secure third place in Russia, per Dominic Fifield at the Observer:

"After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision if they want to let me go. 

"For my career, certainly after this World Cup, I’m at a moment where I might change. We all know that I’ve always felt well at Chelsea, so … I’ve been linked to all the big clubs. Next week it will be Bayern. No, I’m joking. You all know my preferred destination."

The 27-year-old enjoyed a strong World Cup where his performances with Belgium caught the eye. He's widely considered to be one of the most skilful players in English football and has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the UEFA Europa Cup with the Blues.

Hazard has previously said playing for Real Madrid is "everyone's dream," per beIN Sports (h/t ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan).

Real Madrid look in need of some added attacking flair after losing talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. However, there are no meetings planned with Chelsea yet, according to Simon Johnson at the Evening Standard:

Simon Johnson @sjstandardsport

No meeting between #Hazard's entourage and Real Madrid planned this weekend. As things stand, his camp don't think transfer from #cfc will happen

The Spanish giants would be able to offer Hazard UEFA Champions League football and also look to be one of the few clubs who could tempt him away from Stamford Bridge.

Sports journalist Robbie Dunne said Sarri's appointment as Chelsea boss is bad news for Real Madrid:

Robbie Dunne @robbiejdunne

Sarri’s appointment probably worst thing for Real Madrid if Hazard really is their number one target. Sarri could take him to next level and he’s an interesting character. Intrigue along could keep him there.

Sarri is known for producing exciting, attacking teams and Hazard should thrive under the Italian. The Blues are rarely bullied in the transfer market but will want their star man to sign a new contract and commit his future to the club.