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Five ready-made replacements for Hazard if the Chelsea star joins Real Madrid

Date Posted,April 11, 2017

Eden Hazard ‘s future at Chelsea is in the balance as Real Madrid line up a mega-money move for the Belgian star.

Real have put Hazard at the top of their shopping list for when the summer transfer window opens up again in July, with Mirror Sport revealed the Spanish giants are lining up a record breaking transfer for the 26-year-old Belgium.

The Blues, however, are reportedly set to offer the midfielder a new deal in the region of £300,000, which would make him the highest paid player at the London club.

But should the unthinkable happen for Blues fans, who could replace Hazard if Los Blancos came calling?

Here are five realistic suggestions…

Ivan Perisic

Perisic would be the perfect replacement but will cost a bit (Photo: Paul Gilham)

The Blues have previously been linked with a £51m deal for the Croatian , but Inter Milan will not let their 28-year-old winger go without a fight.

Since his move to Inter in 2015, Perisic has been one of the best wingers in Serie A and was also one of Croatia’s most influential players in both the qualification and knockout stages of Euros 2016 last summer.

He was top goalscorer in qualification with an impressive six strikes in nine matches and also netted the opener in the second group match against Czech Republic, and the winner against Spain. Although he made the headlines for some ‘interesting’ haircut choices.

However, at 28 the 6ft 1in winger is already in his prime, and Chelsea may decide to go for a younger option instead. They signed Hazard at just 21 and are benefiting from the Belgian’s best years.

The Stamford Bridge side also face competition from Manchester United for his signature.

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