According to reports in Spain, Premier League giants Chelsea are expected to offer a staggering €136 million to Real Madrid for Spanish prodigy Marco Asensio should they fail to keep hold of Eden Hazard this summer. The Belgian superstar has been a transfer target for Los Blancos for at least the past two years, and given their pulling power and financial muscle, they usually seem to get what they want.
Since joining the Blues in 2012, Hazard has become their most important player and has, on numerous occasions, single handedly carried the team on his shoulders. While there have been the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa to supplement him in the attack, their impact has not been as crucial has Hazard’s.
With a player of his calibre, transfer rumours are just waiting to be started and unfortunately for the Blues fans, the constant Real Madrid links aren’t going away. The Spanish outfit’s persistence to sign the Belgian could see the player’s mind turn a little bit, and given the Blues’ performances this season, he could considering an exit if things don’t improve.
While Madrid haven’t been doing too many miracles themselves in La Liga, the prospect of representing and being a part of the Galacticos is enough to tempt a player to jump ship and make a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. If that was to happen, Chelsea will demand a player in return.
The Blues hierarchy have reportedly set their sights on Marco Asensio and are willing to pay over the top for his services. The Spaniard has flourished under Zinedine Zidane’s tutelage, but due to the quality in their ranks, he has failed to get the adequate amount of playing time needed to take his game to the next level.
His chances of being a first-team regular will be in further jeopardy should Hazard join the club, and he would fancy a move away from Madrid, with London proving to be fascinating option.
At Chelsea, he will finally be able to get out of the shadows of the world-class players at Madrid and be the player he thinks he is and live up to his potential of being Spain’s next big thing.