European champions Real Madrid are hoping to secure a double deal for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois this summer, according to The Guardian.
Both men have been hugely influential in helping Antonio Conte’s Blues to the top of the Premier League table, and ten points clear of nearest challengers Tottenham.
Belgian forward Hazard has bounced back after a terrible season last time out, netting 11 goals and laying on four assists in 26 league starts, as well as producing moments of individual brilliance in their 5-0 demolition of Everton in November, and their 3-1 success over Arsenal last month.
Compatriot Courtois has also been much-improved this season, keeping 13 clean sheets and conceding just 21 goals in 28 league games to help Conte’s men to the joint best defensive record in the division.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea’s sensational season and the duo’s excellent form has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with it reported that La Liga leaders and current Champions League holders Real Madrid are preparing a summer swoop for the Blues stars.
The Guardian report that Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is willing to let forward Alvaro Morata, someone Chelsea were interested in last summer before he returned to the Spanish capital, move to Stamford Bridge as part of the deal, which would see him reunited with Conte given they worked together at Juventus.
Nonetheless, there’s no doubt that Hazard and Courtois are two of Chelsea’s most important stars, so it would take a sizable bid to even tempt the West London club to sell, yet it is money Real obviously have, and the opportunity to play for arguably the biggest club in world football may be too big a chance to turn down for both Hazard and Courtois.