Few players have flirted more openly than Eden Hazard has with Real Madrid over the past few years.
Really, the Belgian could not have gone a step further before directly admitting he wants to be gone or without submitting a transfer request to the club.
Madrid have been long standing admirers of the players who could be the best in the world on his day. The little magician can weave his spell past a group of defenders in any league in the world and sees himself as a Galactico one day dawning the white jersey.
For Chelsea, Hazard has provided great moments of joy but his heart was never set to retire here. Tiny glimpses of hope were indeed provided by him but majority of the fans know in their heart, Hazard will be gone the moment Madrid come knocking.
Strangely, however, Real despite their links have never come forward with a bid. With Hazard already 28 and only one year left on his contract this summer, this may be the time. Chelsea are determined to get the most out of it and hence are likely to use the previous examples of Pogba and Neymar as examples of superstar transfers to command a high fee for the services of their Belgian ace.