Eden Hazard's future has moved one step closer to being decided

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is on the verge of agreeing personal terms with Real Madrid, report The Independent.

Zinedine Zidane has made the Belgium international one of his leading transfer targets as he plots a squad overhaul at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Chelsea will be loath to lose their star man, particularly after their appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected by FIFA this week.

That ruling could make the Blues tougher negotiators this summer, but they are in a difficult position given that Hazard is out of contract in 2020.

The 28-year-old is desperate to seal a dream move to Madrid, who were heavily linked with the forward 12 months ago.

Hazard would cost los Blancos around £100m, but Zidane has been promised funds by club president Florentino Perez and is confident of getting the deal over the line.

Victory over Leicester on Sunday would secure a third-place finish for Chelsea in the Premier League.


UEFA’s latest two-fingered salute to Arsenal and Chelsea fans is a disgrace – but reaches much further (opens in new tab)

Edu to Arsenal? Why Brazil’s general manager will arrive with baggage in his future Gunners role (opens in new tab)

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).