Real Madrid are preparing a £150million bid to take Eden Hazard from Chelsea this summer.
Real have identified Hazard as the key target in their search for a new superstar, after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for £100m.
And the European champions believe they can lure the Belgium captain, who has two years left on his Chelsea contract, to Spain.
Hazard spoke this week of the ‘special’ nature of the Real Madrid shirt and how they are ‘a club who make you dream’.
And although the 27-year-old says he is ‘good’ at Chelsea, he has often spoken of ambitions of playing at the Bernabeu.
Real will now formalise their interest.
Chelsea have been unable to tie him to a new £300,000-per-week contract and last month Hazard challenged the club to make signings before he would commit.