Eden Hazard has become the subject of intense transfer speculation the past week and now it’s understood Real Madrid’s former president Ramon Calderon, has said the club could afford the £100 million contract, if the Blues midfielder decided to take up a deal.
Hazard signed a new five-and-a-half-year-contract just last month and is believed to be happy and settled at Stamford Bridge. However reports from Spain claim Real have already been in talks with Hazard’s agent, but Premier League club Chelsea have declined to comment on the latest speculation.
The 26-year-old who has scored 11 goals this season, could potentially become the most expensive player ever if the Belgian wishes to make the move to the La Liga giants during the summer.
Hazard moved to Chelsea from Lille in 2012 for £32 million and is their highest paid player earning £200,000 a week plus bonuses.
‘Chelsea aren’t a selling club, so it wouldn’t be easy, but as always it would depend on the wishes of the player,’ Calderon told Talksport.
‘If he wants to leave, he will leave – that’s always the point.
‘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 Ronaldo, Bale and Pogba – £100million is now the bar,’ he added.
‘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 wouldn’t be a problem for them.
‘But 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.’
Real are have also shown interest in Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois