Want-away Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has agreed a staggering Ksh 16.3 billion move to LaLiga heavyweights Real Madrid, according to multiple sources.
Hazard is Real’s top transfer target as the Spanish club rebuilds after a dismal season and the Belgium star appears set to complete his move to the Bernabeu in the next few days.
A Daily Telegraph report said Real and Chelsea came to an agreement over the terms of the deal on Thursday after several days of negotiations.
Real had originally offered around Ksh11.4 billion, but it is claimed the final fee could rise as high as Ksh16 billion when all the bonus payments are included.
The basic fee for Hazard is expected to reach 12 billion, the sum for which Chelsea had been holding out despite the 28-year-old entering the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract.
He scored twice in Chelsea’s 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal in Baku last month, then immediately admitted he expected his time at Stamford Bridge to come to an end.
Hazard has been hoping for a move to Real for over a year, with Chelsea blocking his attempt to leave last year before the Blues finally accepted his wish in the closing weeks of the season.
Speaking after the Europa League final, Hazard had said: “I think it’s a goodbye. My dream was to play in the Premier League, I did it for seven years. Maybe it’s time for a new challenge.”
Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012, and in his final campaign at Stamford Bridge he became just the fourth man in Premier League history to score 15 goals and make 15 assists in a season.
Chelsea have been resigned to losing Hazard since he rejected all offers of a contract extension and has been the subject of flattering comments from Real manager Zinedine Zidane in recent months.