Chelsea would not be willing to sell Eden Hazard for anything less than £80m ($114.5m), according to a report. The 25-year-old Belgian has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the Blues would only be willing to listen to offers if they received an eye-watering transfer bid.
Hazard has struggled to recapture his form of last season during the current campaign. But if they reluctantly agree to part with the player this summer, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich believes he ought to command a fee similar to that of Gareth Bale when he signed for Los Blancos in 2013, according to The Sun.
Real reportedly face competition for the player's signature from the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. However, it is widely believed Hazard would prefer a move to the Bernabeu.
The scenario is complicated by the transfer ban that currently hangs over the Spanish giants. Real are hoping to delay the suspension that would prevent them from signing new players in the summer.
Club president Florentino Perez has said of the ban: "The Fifa sanction is painful. It is very serious that the image of Real Madrid has been unfairly tarnished like this. We are convinced that everything about this sanction is wrong."
Earlier this month, meanwhile, Chelsea's interim coach Guus Hiddink blamed a lack of freshness for Hazard's underwhelming form this season. "For me it's about freshness. If your mind is fresh and players are eager to step up and enjoy training that's a signal of freshness," Hiddink said of the Chelsea star.
Hazard has not scored a Premier League goal for Chelsea this season, after being named PFA player of the year winner last year. The Belgian's troubles have been mirrored by his club, who currently occupy 13th place in the league.