Real Madrid are considering the possibility of offering Mateo Kovacic and Isco Alarcon in exchange for Eden Hazard who says he wants to become a “Chelsea legend” after his two goals secured victory at Watford – and took him past 100 goals for the Blues.
The European champions have been frequently linked with a move for the Chelsea talisman Hazard, who has just over 18 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard so far this season has scored 10 league goals and provided nine assists this term for the Blues who are fourth in the English Premier League table after 19 games.
Real are likely to value the pair at a combined total of over £100m, and Hazard’s price-tag will become lower as long as the playmaker does not pen a new contract.
“To score 101 goals with this amazing club is something I will never forget, but now the fans, staff, and players want more,” said Hazard in his post-match interview,
The 27-year-old who helped Chelsea win the Premier League title in 2015 and 2017 also added: “I want to score more for this club and then try to be a legend like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry.”
His goals took the Blues back up to fourth after they had dropped below Arsenal following the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at Brighton earlier on Wednesday.
“Eden Hazard can play in every position,” added Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. “He played very well with two goals and could have had two or three assists. He can play with team-mates very well.”
Hazard, who joined Chelsea for £32m from Lille in June 2012, put the visitors ahead in the first minute of injury time at the end of the first half against Watford.
Chelsea’s lead only lasted two minutes as Roberto Pereyra volleyed past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the edge of the 18-yard box to level.
But Hazard grabbed his second of the match – his 101st Chelsea goal in 322 appearances – in the second half when he converted a penalty after Foster had bundled him over.