Chelsea have decided to not prioritise a move for evergreen attacker Eden Hazard this summer, according to reports.
Earlier this week, reports in Spain suggested that the Belgian star is looking to leave Santiago Bernabeu at end the end of the season and his preference is to return to Stamford Bridge
Hazard, who establish himself as one of the most ferocious attackers in the Premier League, completed an £83.53m move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2012.
Despite the Belgium international enjoying a hugely successful spell at Stamford Bridge, in which made 352 appearances, netted 110 goals and furthermore with 81 assists, he has struggled with injuries during his time in the Spanish capital.
The 30-year-old attacker midfielder was able to start only seven games in La Liga this season, while Madrid ended the campaign without a trophy for the first time since 2010.
Report by Sunday World, claimed that the Blues have been made aware of Hazard’s desire to move back to Stamford Bridge this summer.
But it’s claimed that Hazard’s return is not considered a priority by Chelsea’s hierarchy and the club are exploring the possibility of signing a world-class striker instead.
The reports explain in details that the Stamford Bridge outfit have already ruled themselves out of the race for Erling Haaland this summer due to the high cost of signing the 20-year-old from Bundesliga giant Borussia Dortmund.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are now understood to have made Romelu Lukaku, who establish himself as one best striker in world of football, their top choices ahead of the upcoming window and are monitoring his situation at Inter.
Lukaku, 28, helped guide Inter Milan to their first Serie A title since 2010 this term but the news of Antonio Conte’s departure on Wednesday will come as a major blow as Italian played a key role in convincing him to move to Italy.
The Serie A champions are also looking to reduce their wage bill by 20 per cent and raise €100 million (£86.5m) in player sales by the end of the transfer window.
Hazard, meanwhile, is in a similar position at Santiago Bernabeu as Zinedine Zidane is set to depart from the Spanish capital club.
Like Conte and Lukaku, Hazard has a close relationship with Zidane and the Frenchman’s departure could play a role in his decision to move on this summer.
Real Madrid are looking to bolster their attack with the signings of Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, and the Spanish club are understood to be willing to sell Hazard for a fee in the region of €50m (£43.4m).