Spanish giants Real Madrid appear to be plotting a quite sensational swoop to land Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard.
According to reports from Spain cited by the Daily Star, Real Madrid director Zinedine Zidane - who also established himself as a club legend during an illustrious playing career in Spain - has been monitoring the Belgian international since his days in Ligue 1 with Lille and is keen to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Indeed, such reports further suggests that Zidane has recommended the player to his superiors and that Real Madrid would be willing to send coveted winger Angel di Maria - a player reportedly coveted by the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United in recent months - to Stamford Bridge in a player-plus-cash swap deal that would see Hazard join the La Liga title hopefuls.
22-year-old Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille during the summer of 2012 for a fee of £32 million and has gone on to flourish in the Premier League.
The midfielder, who will presumably be hoping that he can replicate such fine displays during next summer's World Cup in Brazil, possesses effortless grace and flawless technique that makes him such a nuisance for even the top-flight's best defenders.
However, despite his obvious important to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, speculation has continued to mount over his future in West London in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, reports suggested that Hazard could be set for a January departure, with free-spending Paris Saint-Germain believed to be interested in his signature.
Chelsea supporters may indeed have been boosted by conflicting reports this week that suggested Hazard would not look to leave the club in the new year, however a bid from Real Madrid, particularly one offering an adequate replacement - could surely be hard to turn down.
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