It’s not a case of if, but when. Rarely has a summer ‘Galáctico’ signing been all-but in the bag as early as April.
Eden Hazard looks set to become the first big-name arrival at the Santiago Bernabéu in what’s set to be a summer of change for Los Blancos – and he’s sure to be a big hit.
As far as no-brainers go, this is one of them for Florentino Pérez and José Ángel Sánchez. Hazard is one of the Premier League’s best players, enjoying the best years of his career, has experience at the very top level domestically and internationally, wants to improve and win even more and seems ton have the character to succeed.
The Belgian is also entering the final year of his contract with a Chelsea team now struggling to play Champions League football, meaning the financial figure for the attacker is set to be slashed considerably – for today’s market at least.
“If Eden wants another experience it’s very difficult to keep him,” Chelsea boss Sarri told Sky Sports recently.
“Eden played a wonderful match. When he is able to play like this we are lucky because it is easy to win.
“£100m is too cheap in this market – we have seen in the last windows every price.
“The club agrees with me [about wanting to keep Hazard].
“We are trying to improve. We are trying to become one of the best teams in England and, as a consequence, in Europe – but I think I have to respect his decision.”
“For now, I am just focusing on Chelsea until the end of the season. We still have a lot to do and then we will see,” Hazard said recently.
The Belgian has long been flirting with Madrid, although he’s also been careful not to upset Chelsea as Thibaut Courtois did in his final days as a Chelsea player before moving to Madrid.
The recent lack of front page Hazard stories in the Spanish press also talks volumes. Madrid use Marca to help push deals and although the Madrid-based daily has done so in recent months, the Hazard talk has died down, relatively. A sense that a deal is all-but done and all that’s left is a final confirmation from the club.
It’s a deal that makes complete sense and should bare fruit next season. Hazard will bring the goals that have been lacking this season, a touch of class that will have the fans on the edge of their seats and should link up well with Karim Benzema. Both players have characters that should suit each other.
The only surprise is that other big-name clubs have not been sniffing around the forward but that is to Madrid’s benefit. With Hazard at the Bernabéu, things will only get better next season.