Antonio Conte appears to be playing hardball with Real Madrid in their pursuit of Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard.
According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are extremely interested in securing Hazard’s services this summer, and knows it will be hard to keep hold of the Belgian amid interest from Europe’s biggest club.
However, Don Balon believe that Conte will not let Hazard leave Stamford Bridge without putting up a fight. The Spanish outlet report that Conte will demand Raphael Varane AND Alvaro Morata in exchange for Hazard if he is to be convinced to let him depart this summer.
Don Balon note that Conte is extremely keen to draft Morata into his squad, whereas Varane would be an ideal replacement for the outgoing John Terry.
There can be no doubting that Morata and Varane would be astute acquisitions, but there are few players in the world right now that could replace Hazard’s influence. We may well be better off keeping hold of him.