Martinez lauds Hazard as Real Madrid rumours swirl

Chelsea transfer news Barcelona want Eden Hazard as Roman Abramovich considers selling

GETTYChelsea transfer news Barcelona want Eden Hazard as Roman Abramovich considers selling

Barcelona have made the first move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard, in a bid pinch him under the nose of rivals Real Madrid.

Chelsea hoped that another club might attempt to buy Conte out of the final year of his deal, but possible openings at Paris Saint-Germain and Italy national team never materialised.

Real are said to be considering Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo after the five-time Ballon d'Or victor joined Juventus this week.

The Belgian captain is a known admirer of Zinedine Zidane who stepped down as Real boss barely days after winning the Champions League for a third consecutive time.

The reports claim that Madrid have narrowed their search and have fixated on Eden Hazard as their #1 transfer target following Ronaldo's departure to Juventus.

The Chelsea and Belgium forward has said that he is happy at Chelsea however - but suggested it would be a "dream" to play for Real Madrid.

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The Belgium captain has recently been dumped out of the World Cup by France after a 1-0 loss in the semi-finals. And it is that kind of ambition that will keep the Belgian in London, who wants to win the Champions League .

According to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona believe it would be too costly a deal to pull off and believe signing Hazard this summer is an unviable option for the club.

"He's probably one of the best footballers in one-v-one situations".

Real Madrid will undeniably need a marquee signing this summer to make up for Ronaldo's absence.

Hazard has won the Premier League title twice with Chelsea, in 2014-15 and 2016-17, since joining from Lille six years ago.

These rumours certainly seem to be gathering momentum with each passing day. "I've seen an incredible, incredible journey in his career".

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