Chelsea will reportedly ask for more than £200million for Eden Hazard in this summer’s transfer window as Real Madrid chase the Belgium international.
Hazard is said to be keen on an exit from Stamford Bridge and feels he should be allowed to leave, but it seems his club are ready to play hardball over the deal.
This means demanding more than £200m for the 27-year-old if the likes of Real do remain serious about snapping him up, according to the Times.
As noted by the report, this would eclipse the fee Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar last summer in what is the current world transfer record move.
Hazard is a similarly world class talent who’s just shone on the biggest stage with a fine World Cup with Belgium, helping them finish in third place in Russia.
Chelsea have not been known to be a selling club during the Roman Abramovich era, so this is somewhat unfamiliar territory for them.
However, it seems they’re not about to give up their best player without a fight, and they could pocket huge amounts of cash from his sale that would help repair the damage done to their squad as a result.