After a day of negotiations (Monday? Tuesday?) Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has apparently left the English capital without making much, if any progress on the Eden Hazard deal. This is being reported by multiple sources, including the Evening Standard (“talks collapse” is a bit over-dramatic) and the Daily Mail (Chelsea “hold firm”) but let’s go to the best source for all things Belgian in the Premier League, HLN’s Kristof Terreur.
His report maintains that despite not reaching an agreement, the relationship between the two teams remains “good” ... but Chelsea (led by director and “transfer boss” Marina Granovskaia) will “shake every last Euro out of Real’s pockets”.
As we should.
Chelsea’s asking price remains north of €130m. We have not budged on this number for some time, and one would assume we’re not going to in the near future either.
* The clubs still haven’t found an agreement as per today. Chelsea are playing hardball.— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) June 5, 2019
Meanwhile, Eden himself has joined up with the Belgian national team for their two Euro 2020 qualification games coming up this weekend, against Kazakhstan and Scotland. Real Madrid had been hoping to announce Hazard already (as they did yesterday with Luka Jović and are about to with Ferland Mendy), but if they continue to not pay up, they might have to keep pushing back the Hazard date more and more.
Obviously, if this saga/situation drags on for too long, the people involved could get frustrated. Things could get emotional, dramatic. Someone will blink first.
Who will it be?
Our money’s on Real. Question is, where is theirs?