The ongoing speculation linking Real Madrid with Eden Hazard had seen Marca – via Sky Sports – claim Chelsea WOULD be willing to sell. However, Hazard would set us back a cool £100m.
Real are in a ‘very good situation’ at the moment according to former president Ramon Calderon but he doesn’t believe we would part with such a fee.
Asked about Real breaking the transfer record Calderon told Sky Sports.
‘I don’t know but I guess if Chelsea are going to let him go they will have to ask for a lot of money. That bar of £100m – I don’t know if Real are willing to pay that amount of money. Financially we are in a very good situation but I don’t know if there is any possibility of doing that or if they are willing to pay that amount of money.’
The fact Chelsea aren’t a ‘selling club’ would also count against Real but things could change if Hazard made it clear he DID want to join Los Blancos, as other have over the years.
‘Chelsea is not a selling club so economically the bar is set very high after the transfers of [Gareth] Bale and [Paul] Pogba so it won’t be easy at all. First of all the player must decide to leave. That is what happens with top players. I had that experience with Cristiano Ronaldo and Arjen Robben when I signed him from Chelsea. They have to say they want to leave. That is the first premise to getting a deal done.’
Calderon finished by again pointing to the fact once a player makes it clear they want to join a certain club this changes the complexion – highlighting the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from United, despite Sir Alex Ferguson looking to sell to Barcelona instead.
‘The main point as I said before is that the player is willing to leave and is willing to come to Real. It happened with Cristiano. [Sir Alex] Ferguson is not very keen on Real Madrid and he proved that with an interview a few weeks ago. He didn’t want him to come to Real and he offered him to Barcelona but the player said ‘I want to go to Real Madrid’ and that’s it. That’s why he came.’
This will continue to rumble on and on – the latest reports claim Chelsea will open talks with the Belgium international this summer that would see Hazard’s wages move towards £300,000 per week.