Chelsea must raid Real Madrid for superb Eden Hazard replacement amid free transfer claim
The Belgian has enjoyed a stunning season at Stamford Bridge and it seems his inevitable switch to Real Madrid is finally about to happen.
Reports have suggested a £100m deal is all but agreed and Real will make an announcement following the Europa League final.
And although the Blues have been slapped with a transfer ban, a second appeal means they could still be able to make signings ahead of next season.
Gareth Bale would welcome a return to the Premier League after becoming an outcast at Real Madrid.
The Welshman is reportedly not on speaking terms with boss Zinedine Zidane and he was an unused substitute in today’s disastrous final-day defeat at home to Real Betis.
While Bale is keen to stay, Real want him gone.
And according to The Times, the Spanish giants are willing to let him go for free in order to shift his enormous £13m salary.
“While Bale is keen to stay, Real want him gone.”
Premier League clubs have often been reluctant to make a move for him due to his wage demands but a lack of a transfer fee makes a move significantly more attractive.
Negotiating a deal to land the Belgian his dream move would make Real more generous and the Blues could end up with a hungry, world-class performer with a point to prove.
Despite his injury problems, Bale has hit double figures in all but one of his six seasons at Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old would feel comfortable living back in London and the opportunity to link up with attacking talent like Pulisic, Pedro and Gonzalo Higuain could see him rediscover his best form.
Bale may prefer to enjoy his final few years as a squad player in Spain, hoping he can work his way back into Zidane’s plans.
But he may be tempted by a move to west London if an agreement can be reached and he could be the man to fix Chelsea’s inevitable crisis.