Real Madrid will officially announce the signing of Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard ‘within days’, according to a report in Marca.
The Belgium international has long been linked with a move to Madrid with Marca reporting last month an agreement ‘was very close between all parties’ while Cadena Cope claimed the player was house hunting in Madrid.
In February, the 28-year-old told the media that he has “already made a decision” over his future in the latest in a long line of apparent flirtations with Los Blancos.
Earlier this week, Diario AS reported Chelsea prepared to reduce their asking price for their Belgian star from €116m to €104m (with Madrid hopeful of a €90m move), meaning a deal is more likely to go through swiftly.
The playmaker has never hidden his admiration for Zinedine Zidane and the Frenchman’s reappointment in Madrid’s hotseat could prove decisive in the approach.
Last summer, Los Blancos reportedly saw an approach knocked back as they were quoted at €200m for the player, but with Hazard’s contract expiring next year that value has now dropped significantly.
In February, The London Evening Standard claimed the Chelsea star, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in June 2020, is now tipped for a move to the Spanish capital this summer.
Madrid are likely to redouble their efforts in the coming weeks, in order to have the former Lille star in place ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.