A report in Spain a week ago suggested that Chelsea were willing to offer Brazilian playmaker Oscar up to Real Madrid - but only in return for Luka Modric, who would surely only be a makeweight in any deal.
Journalist Francois Gallardo has suggested that Modric has struggled to adapt to life in Spain and is said to wish to leave the club, leaving Real Madrid considering Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore as possible replacements.
The news of Modric’s alleged desire to quit Spain comes, however, only a couple of months after the diminutive Croatian midfielder publically expressed his pleasure at living in ‘beautiful’ Madrid. Gallardo, however, assured viewers of Chiringuito TV that Modric wants to go.
The Belgian international wizard has been vitally important for Cheslea this season, and he is without doubt the club's most talented player.
In 31 Premier League starts this season, Hazard has notched 14 goals and seven assists - terrorising defences with a swagger and style similar to that of Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
The thought of Real Madrid lining up with Hazard, Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema is a frightening prospect, which would set fear throughout European football.
Although Chelsea have suggested that it would take a new world record bid for Hazard to even get the club to the negotiating table, money appears to be no object if Real Madrid fix their desire on a player. In the long run, they rarely lose their man.
Gallardo also suggested last month that Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, and will accept a lucrative offer from PSG.