Eden Hazard to Real Madrid 'imminent' after €100m deal reportedly agreed
One of the first major transfers of the summer could be announced in the next 24 hours
Reports from Spain have claimed Real Madrid have finalised a deal for Chelsea's Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international's future at Stamford Bridge has long been the subject of speculation, with Real frequently linked with a big money move for him.
After Hazard appeared to all but confirm his departure following the Europa League final win over Arsenal in Baku at the end of last month, it's now been reported by El Chiringuito de Jugones that Chelsea have agreed to a €100m (£88.5m) deal from Real.
🚨🚨🚨EXCLUSIVA #JUGONES | El FICHAJE DE HAZARD por el REAL MADRID se hará OFICIAL en las PRÓXIMAS HORAS. El PRECIO rondará los 100 MILLONES. pic.twitter.com/fhBYtTaDcP
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) June 5, 2019
Claiming that an official announcement will be made either on Wednesday or Thursday, the report suggests the deal came close to collapsing before Chelsea reluctantly settled on a fee.
Zinedine Zidane, who returned to Real midway through last season, has long been a keen admirer of Hazard. He will be seen as another important acquisition by Spanish club as they overhaul their squad following a disappointing 2018/19 campaign, in which they surrendered their European crown and finished the LaLiga season in third - 19 points behind champions Barcelona.
This development comes a day after a move Luka Jovic, Eintracht Frankfurt's free-scoring Serbian international, was also agreed.
The 21-year-old scored 27 goals for the Bundesliga side during last season, including against Hazard and his Chelsea side in the Europa League semi-finals.
He moves to the Bernabeu for a reported fee of €65 million before add-ons (around £57.7m) and it's hoped he will help address the lack of goals scored by the club following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer.
Something tells us that Hazard and Jovic may not be the only significant summer arrivals at Real.