Eden Hazard will complete his move to Real Madrid in a deal worth up to £130million after Chelsea finally gave the green light for the Belgian to leave in one of the biggest transfers of the summer.
Negotiations between the clubs have been taking place all week and a breakthrough has now been reached over the fee with the contract ready to be signed.
Real had been reluctant to pay more than £88m for the Belgian, but eventually agreed to a deal that is set to earn Chelsea as much as £130m once all the bonuses have been met.
It is understood the bonuses are easily achievable and the Blues are extremely confident they will receive the full £130m for the forward, who only had one year left on his contract.
Real will claim to have negotiated Chelsea down, arguing the initial fee is around £88m, but the full value of the deal is much higher and will be viewed as another big win for director Marina Granovskaia inside Stamford Bridge.
Granovskaia stuck to her price, despite Hazard publicly stating he wanted to leave after last week’s Europa League final victory over Arsenal and Real’s attempts to play hardball.
Hazard is on international duty with Belgium, but the agreement of personal terms between the forward and Real are viewed as a formality.
The deal means Chelsea will make almost £100m profit on Hazard, who they signed for £32m from Lille in 2012. In his seven seasons at the club, he scored 110 goals and won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, the FA Cup and the League Cup.
The blow of losing Hazard is expected to be softened by Chelsea agreeing a new five-year contract with Callum Hudson-Odoi, who will take the 28-year-old’s place on the left side once he recovers from injury.
Hudson-Odoi could also take Hazard’s number 10 shirt, although that is not thought to be crucial to him signing a new deal.
Meanwhile, striker Alvaro Morata has claimed that he has never felt loved by Chelsea or the club’s fans in an interview with Goal in which he has reiterated his desire to stay at Atletico Madrid.
Morata, who joined Atletico on loan in January, said: “I didn't quite feel loved or appreciated by the club or the fans. I started very well at Chelsea, but an injury in the end leaves you a bit stuck.
“It’s a story I'd like to tell very slowly in the future. I went from being tied on the same amount of goals as [Mohamed] Salah and [Harry] Kane at the start of the first year, and people made a song about me, (but then) I could not even go out in London! And one day I get up with a shooting pain in my back, my level goes down, and they start telling me everything [referring to criticism] in England. You are supposed to be respected by fans, but you know…
“I had a very bad time in London. In the end I was training alone. I talked to Maurizio Sarri and he told me some things that I knew were not going to be as he had said. I was very nervous. My wife was in shock with me.
“At Chelsea there came a time when my team-mates, except for the Spaniards, well... you know, it is not the same when you play and you know that you give a pass to someone who is not going to do as well. You do not give the pass in the same way. Everyone who has played football once will understand that.
“I want to stay at Atletico but, contractually, Chelsea can call me back. We will see what happens in the negotiations between them, but the two clubs already know what I want. I only ask, please, as I said to Atletico, do everything possible to do it as soon as possible. Because I just want to be here.”