Sunday 19 November 2017

'£100m is now the bar' - Ex-Real Madrid president confident club can land Chelsea star this summer

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has again been linked with a move to Real Madrid
Chelsea's Eden Hazard has again been linked with a move to Real Madrid

Jack O'Toole

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says that Madrid are in a 'healthy position' to bid for Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, but that the club would have to be prepared to spend £100m in order to secure the Belgian.

Hazard is under contract with Chelsea until June 2020, however, Madrid have made it clear over the past few months that they are interested in the player with this summer's transfer window being purported as the time for the player's supposed move to the Bernabeu.

Hazard moved to Chelsea in June 2012 from Lille, but according to Calderon, if Madrid attempted to pry the Belgian away from Stamford Bridge this summer, they would probably need to pay a fee of £100m to secure the 26-year-old's services.

"Chelsea aren't a selling club, so it wouldn't be easy, but, as always, it would depend on the wishes of the player. If he wants to leave, he will leave - that's always the point," Calderon told TalkSPORT.

"It's all about the player. The player must say, 'I want to leave and go to Real Madrid', and that will be the moment they start negotiating.

"Chelsea will ask for a lot of money, I think that's what the situation will be at the end of the season. Chelsea knows quite well how much has been paid in the market over the last few years, with [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Gareth] Bale and [Paul] Pogba - £100m is now the bar.

"That bar has been set by those transfers, so I think that's how much a club like Chelsea would be asking for and the economy at Real Madrid is healthy - I don't think that would be a problem for them."

Chelsea have declined to comment on the links between Hazard and Madrid, regarding the reports as speculation and rumour.

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