Chelsea boss Antonio Conte may have reason to be concerned amid reports that Real Madrid are planning to swoop for Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
Speculation has long linked the pair with a move to the Spanish capital despite the fact that they are currently playing integral roles in helping take the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge this season.
According to The Guardian, Madrid are still plotting moves for them and despite the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, it’s claimed that they will sell Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez to make space in the squad and make the required finances available.
Further, it’s even suggested that Morata may be used in a part-exchange deal, with Chelsea reportedly looking for a striker this summer and Conte is said to be a keen admirer of the Spanish forward.
Despite the fact that both Hazard and Courtois have insisted that they’re happy in west London, it doesn’t seem to have done much in putting the La Liga title contenders off as they look to significantly bolster their squad this summer.
It’s added in the report that they are actively searching for a replacement for Keylor Navas, and so that has led to the ongoing link with Courtois who has been in top form this season and along with his fellow Belgian, they could be major losses to Chelsea if they were to leave.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if they do. While a move to Madrid would be difficult to turn down, Conte looks set to deliver a title in his first season in charge and is merely at the start of his project at the club.
In turn, do Hazard and Courtois really want to leave this summer just as it starts? Perhaps they do and the offer made could make sense for Chelsea to chase other top targets to replace them but it still seems a bit of a long shot at this stage.