Real Madrid’s pursuit of Eden Hazard has been well documented by now, but Los Merengues have their sights set on his teammate N’Golo Kante as well.
Don Balon reports that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has allocated a total of €180 million to purchase two Chelsea players – long-time target Eden Hazard and midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante.
He is rumoured to value the Belgian at €80 million since he only has one more year left on his contract and French World Cup winner Kante at €100 million.
The report states that there exists some disparity between what Real Madrid is prepared to offer the English club and Chelsea’s own valuation of the players – €120 million for Hazard and €150 million for Kante.
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However, the possibility of swap deals with the likes of Mateo Kovacic, James Rodriguez or Marco Asensio involved cannot be ruled out, pending how Chelsea’s appeal against the two window transfer ban turns out.
For his part, Eden Hazard seems odds on to join the Spanish giants in the summer regardless of how the other transfers pan out after Chelsea boss Mauruzio Sarri admitted that there was little he could do to keep the Belgian star around at the club.
FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 2/5: Chelsea may be forced to relinquish Eden Hazard due to his contract situation but I highly doubt they will be cowed into selling N’Golo Kante, especially when they may not be able to sign a replacement right away.