Chelsea will not stand in Eden Hazard’s way and are ready to let him join Real Madrid even if they are handed a transfer ban – provided the Spanish side pay their asking price.
The Belgian only has one year left on his current contract with the west London club and has been heavily linked with a move to Real, with Zinedine Zidane having made him the club’s top target.
But there had been suggestions that Chelsea would hang on to Hazard for one more year if their appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected, even if it meant losing him for nothing.
But now the Daily Mail report that Chelsea will permit Hazard to join Real regardless as not getting a fee for the 28-year-old would have big repercussions for their Financial Fair Play figures.
The Blues want at least £87million for Hazard despite only having 12 months left on his deal, and will look to reinvest those funds into the squad once they are able to sign players again.
According to the report, Hazard will go to Spain ‘with the blessing of everyone at the club’ having been a loyal servant to Chelsea during his seven years.
Chelsea had hoped to convince Hazard to sign a contract extension, but when he made it clear he would not commit to a new deal the club felt they had to cash in, partly out of respect for his service and partly because they need the money.