Real Madrid are prepared to sell former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard in a cut-price deal in the January transfer window, according to reports.
Hazard’s £130m transfer to Real Madrid has been blighted by injury, with a man who was previously ranked among the finest on the planet not having been able to produce anything like his best performance level at the Santiago Bernabeu.
To play under childhood hero Zinedine Zidane at dream club Real Madrid was too good an opportunity for Hazard to turn down, but the Belgian must now be wishing that he stayed at Chelsea.
With the transfer not having paid off for any party, there now appears to be a legitimate possibility of Hazard leaving Los Blancos in one of the upcoming transfer windows.
Florentino Perez is reportedly keen on cashing in on Hazard and ridding him from their wage bill. As a result, the club could accept as little as £21m in exchange for the 30-year-old.
Chelsea have been linked with re-signing Hazard, but that would be a purely romantic deal that would not really fit with Marina Granovskaia’s usually shrewd strategising.
Even if Real Madrid were to reduce the asking price to as small as sum as £21m, it’s difficult to imagine who would be prepared to pay it and take an almighty gamble on a player whose best years are now behind him.