Chelsea face a battle to keep hold of not only Thibaut Courtois, but Eden Hazard too as Real Madrid continue to circle.
The Guardian report that Los Blancos are planning to offer the Blues Alvaro Morata – who Antonio Conte has been targeting anyway – as a makeweight in the Hazard deal.
Despite boasting Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale in his attack, Zinedine Zidane is thought to be confident he can find a starting place for the playmaker.
It’s not going to be easy to lure the Belgian from Stamford Bridge – he has three seasons left to run on his current deal, and his representatives are already in the process of negotiating a new one.
Madrid are two points clear with a game in hand at the top of La Liga. Zidane’s men are also into the last eight of the Champions League, but club officials are anxious about the future nonetheless.
There can be no denying that Ronaldo is slowing down, and the Portuguese has put in a couple of sub-par performances this term.
The marquee signing of Hazard would reassure all involved that Real are already building towards the future.