Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Real Madrid 'end Hazard interest' after Chelsea demand world-record fee

Real Madrid 'end Hazard interest' after Chelsea demand world-record fee

The Blues have been linked with Jack Butland and Kasper Schmeichel but following Pickford's stunning displays at the World Cup, the 24-year-old is attracting plenty of attention.

"They've lost one of the best players in the world and need someone else", he told Efe. "In the future you never know what's going to happen". Hazard though has two years left on his current deal with Chelsea but has stalled contract extension talks worth £300,000 a week. They have been admirers of the Belgian goalkeeper for a long time and are hoping that this is the summer they can bring him back to the Spanish capital, after he spent three seasons on loan from Chelsea at Atlético Madrid between 2011 and 2014.

It was well known that the goalkeeper was in their sights as there has always been a question mark against Keylor Navas. However, the La Liga champions opted to recruit the player's compatriot, Malcom as an attacking signing.

The Blues were interested signing Brazil worldwide Alisson Becker, who was new manager Maurizio Sarri's first choice, however the shot-stopper joined Liverpool.

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The Brazilian is a particularly attractive option because new manager Julen Lopetegui wants more wide players in order to free up Gareth Bale, the Welshman being tasked with replacing Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea will let Hazard leave only if Madrid offers a deal in excess of £200 million, which would make the star winger the most expensive transfer of all time beating Neymar's £198 million record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain last summer.

Over the four seasons he has appeared between the posts for Chelsea, Courtois has made over 150 appearances and won the Golden Glove at the end of the 2016/17 season. Have your say in the comments.

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