Real Madrid are set to use Alvaro Morata as bait in their pursuit of Eden Hazard.
Madrid have recently exercised their buy-back clause in Morata’s deal with Juventus, but are set to sell him for a profit, with a number of European clubs interested in the Spanish striker.
Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly keen on the 23-year-old, but Madrid’s interest in Hazard gives Chelsea the upper hand in the race to sign him.
Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of the Belgian winger, and he may be interested in leaving Stamford Bridge after a poor season.
Add to that the fact that the Blues won’t be playing European football next season, and it could be the perfect opportunity for Hazard to ditch England and head for sunny Spain.
Madrid are set to offer £35m plus Morata for the former Lille man, taking the total transfer amount to well over £60m.
Chelsea are also close to signing Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, who has passed a medical in France ahead of a big money move.
Antonio Conte is rebuilding his squad, and the Morata move isn’t the only swap deal that Chelsea have been involved in this summer.
Conte is expected to utilise his favoured 3-5-2 formation when he starts work with Chelsea next month, which means some players will struggle to fit into the system.
Willian, Hazard and Pedro will find it hard to get into the same starting lineup, so at least one of them is expected to leave, with Pedro angling for a return to Barcelona.
Diego Costa is also attracting interest from Atletico Madrid, who want him to complement Antoine Griezmann up front as they chase the La Liga crown.
It’s all change at the Bridge…