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Real Madrid ‘second-in-command’ sent for Hazard transfer fee negotiation — reports

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According to reports from AS in Spain and HLN in Belgium, Real Madrid are making their ‘final push’ for Eden Hazard. With the clubs yet to agree on the transfer fee to be paid for Hazard’s transfer, the Spanish juggernaut are sending their ‘second-in-command’, managing director José Ángel Sánchez, to negotiate directly with Chelsea’s Marina Granovskaia.

The fees reported by the sources do not match. AS claims that Chelsea are asking for €120 million, but Madrid are not willing to go over €100 million for a player who only has one year left in his contract. Meanwhile, HLN says that Madrid would be willing to go as high as the €120 million mentioned by AS, but with Chelsea asking for €130 million.

But they all agree that this is the only issue that remains unresolved. Contract terms have already been agreed, and the only thing left is to convince “stubborn” Chelsea.

Madrid had hoped to announce Hazard’s signing today, but that is obviously not happening. He is set to join up with the Belgium national team for Euro 2020 qualifying games against Kazakhstan and Scotland over the next two weeks. It may be a fair while yet before we see any “comunicado oficial” from the Spanish capital.

It all depends on how willing is Madrid’s “second-in-command” to pay up. They’re already throwing a boatload of money at Hazard, reportedly doubling his wages to about €500,000 per week, so what’s another few million on top of that?

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