Chelsea have been dealt a major transfer conundrum ahead of the winter window after igniting the embers of a transfer war with Real Madrid.
The Blues have found themselves in a predicament whereby Roman Abramovich and Florentino Perez share an interest in one of England’s most exciting talents, yet Chelsea also has their eyes on Eden Hazard.
Both sides are as financially powerful as the other meaning Fulham could be subject to a transfer bidding war for one of their prized assets.
In football’s current economic climate a deal, within reason, could be struck between Chelsea and Real Madrid that sees both Abramovich and Perez walk away satisfied and spared from overpayment.
But first, the Blues and Los Blancos must solve the £11.5m disparity in evaluations over a potential deal that could bring 30-year-old winger back to Stamford Bridge.
Earlier this season it emerged that the Chelsea owner was keen on the homecoming of Hazard just a few years after his £103 million departure from Stamford Bridge.
Abramovich is a keen believer that the Belgian could rekindle his status as one of the best players in the world if he were to return to west London, according to El Nacional.
However, the report claims that Chelsea aren’t willing to pay more than £34 million for Hazard, despite now being valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt.
In the midst of the west Londoners’ Hazard transfer saga, Chelsea joined Real Madrid in the race to sign Fabio Carvalho following reports claiming that the 19-year-old is likely to leave Craven Cottage in the summer, according to Eurosport.
Carvalho, whose contract at Fulham expires come to the end of the season, has enjoyed a blossoming breakthrough under Marco Silva in the Championship having directly contributed towards four goals in seven games.
With Chelsea and Real Madrid locking horns in the race to sign the England youth international, Marina Granovskaia could use the disparity in Hazard’s evaluation as leverage to engineer a renewed deal for the club’s former number ten.
In doing so, the European champions could surrender their pursuit of Carvalho and Carlo Ancelotti’s side would be handed a major boost in their transfer pursuit of the youngster – although it would unlikely remain a free run.
But, if Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League winners pulled the plug on a deal for Carvalho it could bolster the Blues’ effort of signing Hazard.
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Source by Football London