Having recently confessed a childhood dream to play for Real Madrid, the odds on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to join the Spanish giants have been slashed. Rumours that the Belgian might end his stay at Stamford Bridge intensified after the World Cup but while the attacking midfielder remains in West London for now, a switch to the Bernabeu may be imminent and the latest football transfer odds reflect that theory.
As soon as Hazard’s comments hit the headlines, Ladbrokes were quick to cut the player transfer odds on the Chelsea man moving to Real. There are other options with Paris Saint-Germain available at 5/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes while a move to Manchester City is quoted at 20/1 with the same two bookmakers. Real’s big rivals Barcelona are also quoted with both of those bookies rating their chances at 25/1.
Those prices relate to Real Madrid becoming Eden Hazard’s next permanent club but the bookies feel that he won’t make the jump just yet. In an alternative to this particular football transfer odds market, he is as short as 1/5 in places to remain at Stamford Bridge after the January transfer window.
Who’s really in the frame?
At first glance, the future of Eden Hazard may be one of the easiest to call and that is reflected in those latest football transfer odds that put him at 6/5 to join Real Madrid. Firstly, let’s consider the comments that he made that have led to all this fuss.
The player described Real as the ‘best club in the world’ and admitted that sometimes he wakes in the morning and wants to go while at other times he wants to stay where he is. It’s arguably the biggest ‘come and get me’ plea in the history of football and the press have been quick to follow it up.
The Spanish media have been particularly swift to react and have suggested that Real Madrid are considering their next move already and want to get in before the player signs a new contract at Chelsea.
As for other candidates, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Barcelona all have the money to attract a man who is likely to command a fee in excess of £100 million but given Hazard’s love for Real Madrid, do they have the same appeal? The player transfer odds are quite clear in this respect and it’s tough to disagree with them.
Aside from Real Madrid, there other clubs in contention as we’ve seen and this list will increase as soon as the January 2019 transfer window is open. More bookmakers should also get involved at that point so we could see a fair amount of change among these prices.
We feel, like the bookmakers that the chances of a January switch are remote and it seems even more unlikely that Eden Hazard will stay in the Premier League and join one of Chelsea’s rivals. There are precedents and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez made a shock switch to Manchester United in January 2018 but these instances are becoming increasingly rare.
Then there is the question of vacancies: Any team would love to have Eden Hazard in their side but of those clubs who could potentially afford him, Real have a need as opposed to a desire just to collect the world’s best players.
With Cristiano Ronaldo having departed for Juventus in the aftermath of the 2018 World Cup, Real have a real need to cover his goal scoring exploits. Gareth Bale, who has suffered with injuries for the last two seasons, has started 2018/19 brightly enough with four goals in nine games, while Karim Benzema, a more recognised striker, has five in 11.
Those tallies are respectable enough but they don’t come close to comparing with those of Cristiano Ronaldo who finished his career in Madrid with a staggering 450 goals in 438 games. Eden Hazard may not be an answer in isolation but he has started the new campaign as the Premier League’s top scorer and along with Bale and Benzema, he can make Real Madrid a prolific force once again.
We don’t think this will happen in January 2019 but taking the player’s comments into consideration, coupled with the appeal and the financial might of the club, Eden Hazard to Real Madrid looks to be just a matter of when and not if. As a result, those latest football transfer odds of 6/5 with Ladbrokes may shorten even further in the weeks to come.
- Real Madrid to be Eden Hazard’s next permanent club at 6/5 with Ladbrokes