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Chelsea agree Hazard sale worth up to £130m
Chelsea have agreed to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in a club record deal that could earn them up to £130million.
Real Madrid have finally caved into Chelsea’s demands, which as Standard Sport has consistently reported, was a fee of over £100m despite having just a year left on his contract.
The sum received smashes the previous best set when Atletico Madrid paid just under £60m for striker Diego Costa in September 2017. (The forward official joined four months later).
Real Madrid chief executive, Jose Angel Sánchez, failed to agree a deal for Hazard on a trip to meet Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia earlier in the week.
However, contact was made again between the two clubs yesterday and they have ironed out an agreement. Hazard was informed of the development today.
Real Madrid will pay an initial fee of £88m but there are a number of add-ons included in the transfer which could see the Blues net another £42m.
It is a victory for Granovskaia, who has remained steadfast in her belief that Hazard was worth a huge sum even though his deal runs out next year.
Hazard had hoped to be unveiled before going away with Belgium on international duty on Tuesday, but with the switch now just awaiting for him to put pen to paper, it should happen next week.
The 28-year-old has made it clear since the World Cup last summer that he wanted to move to Real Madrid and repeated those sentiments after a League game at Southampton in October, saying ‘I’m not going to lie, Real Madrid is my dream’.
Following the final League game at Leicester on May 12, Hazard confirmed he had told the club of his final decision at a meeting a few weeks before, although it only reiterated a stance that everyone at Stamford Bridge was already aware of.
As revealed by Standard Sport last month, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane crucially told his board to spend whatever it took to get Hazard to Spain and they have done just that.
Hazard joined Chelsea for £32m from Lille in 2012. He has won six major trophies in that time, the last of which was the Europa League last week – where he scored two goals in the final.
He said afterwards that ‘I think this is goodbye’ and while Chelsea wanted to get as much money possible, they were also keen to part on good terms due to his fine service.
Hazard, who is regarded as one of the best players in the world, scored 110 goals for the Blues and made 81 assists.
To add to the Europa League won this year, he also lifted the same cup in 2013, plus two Premier League titles, FA Cup and League Cup. He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 2015 too.
His departure, while inevitable, will still be a massive blow to the club. However, they have signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.
And as Standard Sport reported yesterday, 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new five-year contract and is set to inherit Hazard’s No 10 shirt.