The situation surrounding Eden Hazard has become so volatile that it's almost a shock that he remained at Chelsea after the closure of the last summer transfer window. Nobody expected a move from the Belgian winger in January but he's likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with Real Madrid being the most plausible destination.
Both PaddyPower and Betfair offer a price as short as 3/10 for Eden Hazard to sign for Real Madrid this summer, and BetVictor provide a 4/6 price for him to join any Spanish club, so it's looking more like his place at the Bernabeu is set in stone in time for a move in the next transfer window.
Maurizio Sarri leaving no reason for Eden Hazard to stay at Chelsea
If it wasn't already upsetting enough for Chelsea fans to see Eden Hazard so frequently linked with a move to Real Madrid, Maurizio Sarri has given the winger no reason to stay at Stamford Bridge into next season. He's currently favourite in the Next Premier League Manager To Leave Odds, and troubles only worsened on Monday evening, as Chelsea were defeated 2-0 at home, throwing them out of the FA Cup against a Manchester United side that they were expected to beat, or at very least compete with.
A record of twelve league goals and ten league assists sees Eden Hazard competing as much as always, but with very little help from the rest of his team. This was clear to see in Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United, where he looked like the only player capable of causing any harm to the away side. He wasn't able to score, assist, or make any distinct impact in the game itself, but it's another disappointment that makes it easy for the rumoured Eden Hazard to Real Madrid transfer to come into fruition.
Odds on Eden Hazard's next club were at 3/1 for him to join Real Madrid at the start of February, dropping as low as 3/10 by the time the fixture with Manchester United had concluded. Any remaining chance of Eden Hazard staying at Chelsea is extremely slim, with odds of 11/5 for him to stay into next season, leaving a move to Paris Saint Germain at 25/1, moves to either Barcelona or Juventus at 40/1, a move to Manchester City at 50/1, and a move to either Manchester United or any Chinese Super League club priced up at 66/1.
Real Madrid in need of a marquee signing this summer
The opportunity to sign for a club of Real Madrid's stature is something that appears rarely for footballers, but in this instance, they could be in need of Eden Hazard as much as he wants the move himself. They allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to join Juventus last summer, and while it gave Gareth Bale an opportunity to shine, they've been lacking in the quality necessary to compete for all of Europe's biggest trophies.
Even the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo didn't urge Real Madrid into signing a replacement, as they spent over £140 million on eighteen-year-old Vinicius Junior, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, right-back Alvaro Odriozola, and a handful of players to enhance their squad depth, with no effort to replace Ronaldo directly. Cristiano Ronaldo is priced at 14/1 to sign for any Spanish club as his next transfer after Juventus, so it's expected that Real Madrid will need to bring in a big-money replacement rather than chasing the past.
However Real Madrid choose to assess the current season could define Eden Hazard's next move. Julen Lopetegui found himself without a job after starting so poorly in charge of Real Madrid, leaving Santiago Solari to pick up the pieces, where he's done an incredible job in winning twenty and drawing two of twenty-seven games at the helm. The club are likely to stick by Solari into next season or potentially attempt to bring in Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, with both options likely to influence Eden Hazard's decision.
Eden Hazard is expected to put on top performances in big games, but he had little to no effect against Manchester City and Manchester United. Whether that's Chelsea not giving him enough options in attack or a sign of him holding poor resilience during his side's dip in form, there'll be even more focus on him being consistently world class if a move to Real Madrid materialises.