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In a move with the potential to turn European football upside down, Real Madrid is reportedly putting together an epic bid for Chelsea superstars Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
According to the Express, newly-hired Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has both the Blues’ leading scorer and the Premier League Player of the Year on his radar less than one week after being hired to manage the club.
Hazard scored 14 goals as a midfielder for the Blues while Costa led the club with 20 goals as Chelsea won the 2014-15 Premier League Championship – and by a very comfortable margin too. Hazard signed a five-year deal to stay with the club that will make him one of the highest paid players at Stamford Bridge. But Diego Costa has been very wishy-washy on his own future with Chelsea, which may impact his decision to stay in the UK as opposed to returning to Spain.
Considering that Hazard is worth upwards of £35 million and Hazard is worth over £50 million, Real Madrid may have to pony up a bid of as much as £100 million to land the Chelsea stars.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, however, claims in no uncertain terms that he is not looking to let either Costa or Hazard leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
“I don’t see our team losing players,” Mourinho said. “I don’t see our team losing our qualities, especially our mental, emotional approach to matches, to the season, to the competition.”