Manchester City will not be able to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea this summer, due to the Londoners reluctance to sell the Belgian – regardless of the fee being offered by City.
The Telegraph report City will face the impossible task of convincing Chelsea to sell Hazard to their Premier League rivals for a British transfer record.
Chelsea would be unable to stop the 27-year-old joining Real Madrid in the summer, but the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge will not sanction a move to City.
City have not made a bid for the player, but the Blues will consider a move for Hazard if contract negotiations with Chelsea are still at a stalemate in the summer.
Hazard is willing to weigh up his options, but Chelsea’s refusal to enter into discussions with Manchester City could leave the player little choice but to remain in West London or join Real Madrid.
Los Blancos are expected to commence a squad overhaul this summer and could sack manager Zinedine Zidane after a disappointing season in La Liga. Zidane was Hazard’s attraction to joining Real Madrid due to his childhood affection for the 1998 World Cup winner.
Hazard’s dream to play under Zidane could improve City’s chances of signing the Belgian international.