The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus set the stage for what looked to be one of the more significant transfer windows in recent memory.
The loss of the Portuguese, who scored 450 goals for the Galacticos, was likely to lead to a marquee signing, something Madridista’s are used to despite his nine year presence in the side.
Names such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were bandied about as potential replacements. Another one of those names is Eden Hazard of Chelsea.
The Belgian has been a world-class star for years at Stamford Bridge, and his superb showing in Belgium’s World Cup campaign only bolstered the value of the 27-year-old.
According to AS of Spain however, not only have Madrid ruled him out of the running, they are considering not bringing in a new signing in Ronaldo’s place.
Chelsea are said to value Hazard at around £200m – a figure that Florentino Perez and co. don’t want to pay for the sake of a big-name replacement. The Premier League’s new transfer rules, meaning that clubs can’t sign any more players from August 9 just before the domestic season begins, are another barrier.
A Hazard sale now would leave Chelsea with little time to source an equally big player.
Another factor is that new manager Julen Lopetegui is reportedly set to build his team around the impressive Isco and Marco Asensio. The duo featured prominently for Madrid last year, with Isco in particular claimed to have the faith of the club placed in him for the upcoming season.