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Newcastle United offered the chance to sign Chelsea legend Eden Hazard as Real Madrid push for sale


Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid has been far from a roaring success (Picture: Getty Images)

Real Madrid are looking to sell Eden Hazard in January and both his former club Chelsea and Newcastle United have been offered the chance to snap him up when the transfer window swings open, reports ESPN.

The Belgian cost Real an initial fee of £89m when they signed him from Chelsea in 2019, although that expense could have risen to £150m based on future payments.

However, Hazard’s spell in the Spanish capital has not really gone to plan, making just 52 appearances so far for the club as he heads into his third season, scoring just five goals in all competitions.

To put those figures into context, the 30-year-old made 52 appearances in his final season at Chelsea alone, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.

Hazard has been struggling with injuries, but now Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is simply down the pecking order, as he has started just four La Liga games so far this campaign.

Ancelotti said last weekend: ‘The problem [Hazard] has right now is he has a coach who prefers another player.’

Newcastle United’s chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and minority owner Amanda Staveley are looking to make signings in January (Picture: Getty Images)

Real Madrid want to raise some funds and free up some space on teh wage bill for a huge summer in 2022 when they want to bring in both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

They will happily sacrifice Hazard to help fund that, and will likely accept a fraction of the fee they paid for his services just two years ago.

If Newcastle or Chelsea were interested in signing Hazard, the reported figure would be around £42m.

Whether either Newcastle or Chelsea are interested in the Belgian is not yet clear, with his wages likely to be a stumbling block for any possible suitors.

He is reportedly earning around £400,000-a-week at the Bernabeu, with his contract running until 2024, so he may well be in no hurry to sign a less lucrative contract elsewhere.


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