Chelsea propose Eden Hazard ‘swap’ deal to Real Madrid: Blues want two Bernabeu stars

CHELSEA are willing to let Eden Hazard join Real Madrid if they get two players in return.

The Belgium international is a long-term target for the Spanish giants.

Hazard, 27, was tipped to quit Stamford Bridge last summer but the winger broke his ankle, ending any hope of a deal.

And according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, who are well known for their outlandish transfer claims, Real are still desperate to land Hazard at the end of the season.

However, Chelsea are only willing to let their star man leave Stamford Bridge in a swap deal.

Don Balon say the Blues have asked for Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos in a stunning deal for Hazard.

If Real let the duo leave the Bernabeu, Chelsea will not stop Hazard from leaving west London.

Bale and Ceballos have both been heavily linked with moves away from La Liga, with the pair struggling to get regular game time under Zinedine Zidane.

However, Don Balon add that Real aren’t sold on the swap deal and transfer chiefs are split on the proposal.

Hazard and Chelsea are back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Blues travel to Southampton in the Premier League’s early kick-off (12:30pm).

Referee announced for Chelsea’s trip to Southampton – and it’s excellent news for Antonio Conte

Mike Dean will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League at Southampton.

The Blues have endured a dismal run in 2018 and they are now in danger of Arsenal catching them up in the final six games of the league campaign.

With the Blues’ last victory in the league coming at the start of last month against Crystal Palace, it’s imperative that they leave St Mary’s with all three points as they look to put a bad few weeks behind them.

Given Chelsea need a win to keep their extremely slim Champions League hopes alive, it’s actually a good omen that Dean will be the referee for the game.

Often criticised for his officiating in the top flight, the Blues do have an extremely good record when Dean is in charge.

In a total of 60 games in the league, Chelsea have won 35, drawn 14 and lost 11.

They do also boast a good record away from home, with 15 wins, 11 draws and five defeats from 31 games.

Antonio Conte’s team have already recorded wins over Stoke and Brighton this season when Dean was the referee, while the 4-1 defeat at Watford was certainly one to forget.

Although Chelsea have a good record with Dean officiating, the same cannot be said for struggling Southampton.

The Saints have only won two of their 12 home games with Dean in charge, with eight draws and two defeats in the process.

Chelsea are desperate for a win at present and hopefully Dean can once again act as a lucky charm for the Blues this weekend.

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