Real Madrid and Chelsea have reportedly reached a settlement of £88.5m (€100m) for the long-awaited transfer of Eden Hazard.
One of the longest transfer sagas in recent history between Hazard and Real appears to be reaching its end, with Spanish giants getting their man.
Chelsea had proved to be difficult negotiators for Real and were allegedly holding out for €147m. This came as somewhat of a surprise given that Hazard only had a year left on his contract.
Blues director Marina Granovskaia was personally handling the talks and had made it clear she was under no pressure to sell the club’s star player.
But ESPN reports that a breakthrough has finally been reached, which saw Real and Chelsea agree on an £88m (€100m) fee for Hazard. Although it’s understood that there will be significant bonuses and additional payments.
Therefore, Chelsea could eventually receive up to £130m (€146m) which is pretty much what they were asking for anyway.
Los Blancos chief executive, Jose Angel Sanchez, arrived at London this week to spearhead talks for Hazard and reached a deal on Thursday morning.
Since joining Chelsea in 2012, Hazard managed 110 goals and 81 assists in 352 appearances at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgium international six trophies at Stamford Bridge, which included two Premier League and Europa League titles.
The 28-year-old’s final appearance in a Blues jersey came in the Europa League final, where he bagged a brace and assisted Pedro on route to a 4-1 win over London rivals Arsenal.
He later indicated that it was indeed his final Chelsea match after lifting his last European trophy for the club.
“I think it’s a goodbye,” Hazard told BT Sport. “But in football you never know.
“My dream was to play in the Premier League. I think it’s time for a new challenge.
“I’ve made my decision. Now it depends on the clubs. Both clubs.”