Real Madrid have gotten down to business straight after the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as coach, as the club has signaled their interest in Chelsea star, Eden Hazard.
Reports by goal indicate that Real Madrid are hoping to secure the £100 million ($132m) summer signing of Hazard from Chelsea, with contacts having been established.
Their interest in the Belgian represents the first proper contact ahead of a potential summer move.
The appointment of Hazard’s idol Zinedine Zidane as Santiago Solari’s replacement at the Bernabeu could prove decisive in making up the 28-year-old’s mind.
Hazard has already described a move to Spain’s capital as a “dream”, with Madrid having frequently been linked with the former Lille winger over the last couple of years.
Chelsea are asking for around £100m from the reigning European champions, who are aiming to get the asking price down.
Madrid are keen to maintain a positive relationship with the west London club in the negotiations, as they did in the process of securing the signing of Thibaut Courtois from the Blues in 2018.
Blancos president Florentino Perez is hoping the reappointment of Zidane will lead to a summer rebuild, with Madrid also linked with Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Hazard, meanwhile, is in a strong bargaining position over his future at Stamford Bridge as his Chelsea contact enters the final year.
The Blues have fought hard to keep their star man and had hoped to renew his contract – making him the club’s highest-earning player in the process in an attempt to ensure he finished his career at Stamford Bridge.
With the Liga giants now stepping up their plans to sign Hazard, Chelsea are set for something of a turbulent summer.