Eden Hazard reaches verbal agreement with Real Madrid. And Thibaut Courtois is almost set to join Real Madrid, according to reports in France.
RMC Sport claims the Belgian has a verbal agreement to join Los Blancos. But the European champions are yet to agree a transfer fee with Chelsea. Speaking after Saturday’s World Cup third-place play-off victory over England. Hazard hinted that his time at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an end this summer. “After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different,” he said. “Certainly after this World Cup, I can decide if I want to stay or go. But Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”
Madrid are in the market for a new forward player following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure and have money to spend. But on Monday, both The Times and Belgian outlet HLN reported that the Blues value Hazard at more €225m. Hazard still has two more years to run on his current contract. The Chelsea management is hoping that he will be convinced to stay as the club embarks on a new era under new manager Maurizio Sarri. But now there’s only a little hope left for Chelsea, as Hazard has made up his mind of joining the Los Blancos.
But the Chelsea player who seems much closer to moving to the Bernabéu is Thibaut Courtois. He has impressed the Real Madrid management, with his performances in the World Cup which won him the Golden Glove award. According to RMC Sport, the two clubs have agreed a fee in the region of €35m for the goalkeeper. And he could become a Madrid player in the coming days.
When it comes to replacing Courtois, Chelsea are reportedly reluctant to match Roma’s €75m valuation of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson. And after Liverpool signed Alisson they could instead turn to cheaper alternatives such as Arsenal’s Petr Čech or Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel.