Chelsea have had their worst fears come true, as Real Madrid have made an official approach to sign star man Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international will add fuel to the fire by asking Chelsea if he can make the move.
Reported over night by reliable outlets The Telegraph and Belgium news HLN, the formal approach finally came from Madrid last month.
The move has only been backed up by Zinedine Zidane rejoining Real Madrid yesterday as head coach.
Hazard has previously been public in his desire to play for Real Madrid, his childhood club, as well as a desire to play under his footballing idol, Zidane.
So the move this summer now looks inevitable and Chelsea will now want to get as much money as possible for the winger, who will have a year left on his current deal this summer.
The Blues will not contemplate letting the 28-year old go for next to nothing, or even free, despite having a transfer ban.
Chelsea want £100m for Hazard this summer, Madrid want to pay a little less, but will certainly be willing to meet the demands of the London club.
There was talk that Hazard would want to stay at Chelsea, because of the transfer ban. But I have always believed that if Madrid come in, he will go regardless at this point.
Personally, I can’t pin any blame on Hazard. He’s not getting any younger, and it’s a career ambition for him to play for Madrid.
He has given blood, sweat and tears for Chelsea during his seven years at the club, and you cannot doubt what he has done for us, his commitment, and the love he holds for the club.
He has continued to ask the board to show ambition by bringing in more quality players to lessen the burden and weight on his own shoulders, but it’s not really happened. So now, the club will lose their star man, and I am not surprised at all.
So where next for Chelsea? Well, that’s anyone’s guess. With the transfer ban this summer unlikely to be temporarily lifted on appeal until January, Chelsea will face starting next season without Hazard, and without a replacement.
Up step Callum Hudson-Odoi?
Maybe, but he hasn’t changed his stance at current and is yet to sign the 5-year contract on offer from Chelsea. So even his future is up in the air. But perhaps with Hazard going, he could now see a way in and sign the deal at his childhood club?
Whatever happens, it’s not looking like an ideal situation for the Blues right now, who desperately need some good news with the transfer ban appeal, but that will take time.
I bet they wished they had made a few more signings like they did with Christian Pulisic in January that’s for sure.