Jose Mourinho may well consent to selling star man Eden Hazard next summer, if Real Madrid are prepared to offer the mooted £100 million Chelsea value him at.
Information coming from French newspaper Le 10 Sport appears to play upon the fact that the Belgian international never ruled out a move to one of his other suitors, Paris Saint-Germain, this summer; he only confirmed that he was happy at Chelsea.
As such it’s thought that the idea of leaving Stamford Bridge isn’t one he would categorically rule out, with there being room for a potential deal as a result.
Refusal this summer
Indeed Le 10 claim that Mourinho was never going to allow Hazard to leave his squad coming off the back of a trophy-less season. Now though, with Chelsea flying high both in the Premier League and with their European endeavours in the Champions League, the situation has changed, and £100 million would given The Special One the money to make his side practically unbeatable.
That being said Mourinho has revealed in the past that he thinks Hazard has the ability to become a world-class player in years to come, and one has to beg the question as to why he would sell - even for such a high sum - if that’s the case.
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As has been proven by Liverpool’s sale of Luis Suarez this summer, and Tottenham’s decision to part ways with Gareth Bale a year before, it’s extremely difficult to fill the void left when you get rid of a world-beater by simply attempting to plug the hole with a host of lesser talents.
Move to Madrid?
With regards to Madrid’s intentions it seems reasonable that they will move for Hazard next summer, even if it is just to remain in-keeping with the primary ideal in Florentino Perez’s Galactico regime.
The 23-year-old is exactly the type of world-renowned talent they usually go for, and if they really have intentions of selling Gareth Bale to Manchester United, as some reports suggest, then financing the move wouldn’t pose a problem.
Recent rumours have alluded to the fact that Real will sell Bale if they can get hold of Hazard, meaning that Chelsea could indirectly strengthen one of their biggest rivals.