After laying dormant for a month and a half, Chelsea’s transfer window has exploded into life over the past week. One major signing is done and the promise of several more to follow is looking good as well. But on the other side of the balance sheet, the departures of Thibaut Courtois and possibly Eden Hazard loom.
I wrote earlier that #cfc consider keeping #Hazard their main priority over #Courtois...speaks volumes, especially given contract situation (two years left over one). Obviously need to find replacement first before allowing #Courtois to go.— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) July 17, 2018
By all indications, Chelsea are much more willing to let the former go, but both Courtois and Hazard have spoken before (jokingly?) of their fates being tied together, whether at Chelsea or not, and that remains not only concerning, but also good fodder for further transfer rumors.
Case in point: stories yesterday from Sky Italia, claiming bundle deals north of £150m/€160m for the Belgian duo.
Sky Italy: Real Madrid in talks to sign Eden Hazard & Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea. Willing to pay £150m— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 17, 2018
It’s unclear whether Real Madrid think that transfer deals work like bundling cable TV and Internet service and getting a discount on both, or if the rumor-mongers are just trolling and/or drunk, but if Chelsea set Eden Hazard’s price at £200m+ and Thibaut Courtois’ at least at £30m, as well-sourced journalists claimed previously, the £150m total fee is total and absolute nonsense.
And even if Chelsea do end up selling both players, which remains unlikely in Hazard’s case, it will not be as a joint transaction. That would behoove neither Chelsea, nor Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are treating the Courtois - Hazard transfers as two seperate cases. Courtois to Real will be done for a fee around €40m, but deal can only be closed when Chelsea have found a new goalkeeper.— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) July 18, 2018