Real Madrid is lining up a £150m bid to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea FC this summer, according to reports in the British media.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the Spanish giants are now ready to make an official move to try and sign the 27-year-old after having been strongly linked with a bid for Hazard for some time.
Hazard’s future has been a relentless source of speculation all summer after Chelsea FC missed out on Champions League qualification following their fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last term.
According to the same report, Real Madrid has singled out Hazard as their top target for this summer’s transfer window after Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Juventus.
The same story says that the Spanish side is confident of being able to lure the Belgium international to the Bernabeu this summer as they look to bolster their squad ahead of next season.
Hazard will lead Belgium for their World Cup third-place play-off clash against England in Russia on Saturday before beginning his summer holidays.
It seems that the playmaker’s future is set to be a source of speculation once again ahead of the new season.
Chelsea FC finished in fifth place in the Premier League last season and won the FA Cup under Antonio Conte.
Cahill: A tournament to treasure
Cahill featured in the group stage game against Belgium and he will be hoping to get more minutes this afternoon when the teams reconvene in St Petersburg for the third/fourth place play-off.
England’s performance at this World Cup has captivated the country and Cahill, the most successful player in the squad in terms of trophies won, has also fed off the feel-good factor, despite Wednesday’s semi-final heartache.
‘One thing I said coming into the tournament is that I feel proud of my career and what I have achieved trophy wise, but there was one thing that was missing and that was a good experience with the national team in a tournament,’ our skipper said.
‘I have had many good experiences winning qualification games, or scoring a goal for your country, but I have never come away from a tournament thinking ‘wow, that was good’.
That’s for obvious reasons because you have that feeling during the tournament but then you crash out and it’s a real low.
‘Going out in the semis feels a low, but almost half a low and half a positive step forward. I feel I have had a good experience; I have been with a great bunch of players.’
‘We have some quality players, real quality players in that dressing room.’
The future is bright for England, who had one of the youngest squads at this World Cup. Success in recent Under-21, Under-20, Under-19 and Under-17 tournaments suggests the Three Lions will be a force to be reckoned with by the time the next World Cup in Qatar comes around.
‘The youth teams have done very well recently,’ Cahill added. ‘They put a lot of pressure on us coming into this tournament, and the lads delivered.
‘Throughout the tournament, I felt tactically we have been good, confidence-wise we have been good, we have played without fear hence why we have got where we got. We thoroughly deserve to be where we are.’