Chelsea are reportedly ready to dig their heels in and make a major statement of intent in the summer window by rejecting an expected £100 million bid from Real Madrid for Eden Hazard.
 
Four Four Two suggest that Chelsea will instead risk losing Eden Hazard on a free transfer in 2020, rather than see Zinedine Zidane sign one of Real Madrid’s top transfer targets in a summer where the Blues look unlikely to sign anyone due to a FIFA ban.
 
Chelsea’s apparent thinking is that they can remain one of the top Premier League sides right through to the summer of 2020 when they can start buying players again, and keeping Eden Hazard through that period may be worth more to them than pocketing the cash this summer.
 
Another hope may be that if Chelsea dig their heels in and should changes occur in the coming weeks and months and the club do very well next season, potentially in the Champions League, Hazard could pen a contract extension instead of opting to move on a free.
 
Up to this point it’s believed that Chelsea have offered Eden Hazard a new contract worth over £300,000-a-week but that has been rebuffed. Should the manager once again change and the Blues get into Europe’s top competition next season, Hazard’s stance could change – or get worse, should Real Madrid make a concrete bid.

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