The Belgian’s dream move to Real Madrid could now be in danger.
It was confirmed yesterday that Chelsea had lost their appeal to FIFA, meaning as things stand they will be powerless to bring in new faces until the summer of 2020.
The Blues, crucially, wouldn’t be able to bring in reinforcements to help replace 28-year-old superstar Hazard either.
Christian Pulisic has already been signed from Borussia Dortmund ahead of the summer for £57m.
Although any further deals will no longer be possible unless Chelsea’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport reverses the ruling.
It could take some time, however, before the Blues learn their fate, and certainly not before the window opens in seven days.
Hazard has just 12 months remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, meaning Chelsea must sell now of face losing him for free next year.
The latest news on Hazard’s future comes as:
- Chelsea fans call for Tiemoue Bakayoko to be SOLD after doing this on loan at AC Milan
- Ian Wright TROLLS Sarri’s style of play
- Blues chief Marina Granovskaia is REFUSING to back down in negotiations over Eden Hazard
The Blues could demand an even higher price given their restricted standpoint and wish to keep Hazard.
Chelsea have been demanding around £100m until now, and that could potentially increase further.
No agreement over a fee is close yet, and much could still depend on how much faith Chelsea have in Pulisic being able to take the reigns from Hazard.
A transfer request has been mooted as a possibility for the Belgian, although he is reluctant to hurt his relationship with Chelsea and their supporters.
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