Real Madrid are preparing a £150 million move for Eden Hazard as they begin a frantic attempt to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus was confirmed this week.
Los Blancos appear to have identified the Chelsea man as the primary candidate to replace the Portuguese superstar, though it is likely the strategy will involve acquiring a number of world-class players to fill the void.
The instability at Stamford Bridge appears to have made Hazard reluctant to sign the new deal on the table, worth £300,000 per week, and with two years left on his existing contact, Madrid are ready to make their move.
Having dazzled in Russia as one of the players of the tournament, the Belgian has emerged as one of the more obvious candidates to lead a new generation of galacticos at the Bernabeu. Though an aggressive transfer strategy following the firing of Antonio Conte and expected hiring of Maurizio Sarri could persuade the player to stay as the focal point of the side, rather than become just one star among many.