Real Madrid are ready to open the bidding for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, while Arsenal are set to bid £10m for a new goalkeeper, according to Friday’s papers.
REAL TO MAKE OPENING HAZARD OFFER
Real Madrid will reportedly kick off the bidding for Eden Hazard at £70million.
The Spanish giants know Chelsea will rebuff the offer but this is the start of their statement of intent to land the playmaker, according to The Sun.
Real representatives are said to have already visited London for talks on a deal for the brilliant Belgian.
That move was the start of a process which will lead to the 28-year-old eventually moving to the Bernabeu as one of a series of high-profile signings by returning boss Zinedine Zidane.
The new Real chief has already sealed the £45m capture of Porto defender Eder Militao.
And Chelsea are reported to be resigned to the fact that they will be losing their star player come the end of the season.
The report goes on to state that Hazard has his heart set on working with Zidane and has turned down several contract offers that would make him the best-paid player in the Blues’ history.
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