Frustration, remorse, and belittling solace are the terms that may best define Eden Hazard’s situation at Real Madrid, albeit they come short of capturing all of the emotions involved. A dream that fizzled and fizzled badly. Eden Hazard has spent three years at Real Madrid and has delivered nothing but disappointments and fleeting expectations.
His Real Madrid career has most certainly come to an end (it is impossible to say when it even began), and he may not be sold right now, but instead moved on loan to a club where there is some possibility of a resurrection.
When calculated and put into practice, the entire financial side of Hazard’s name in Real’s book suggests that a loan spell with a liability to pay 50% of his salary and a buy-out clause of around 20 million euros could allow Los Blancos to end his chapter with a monetary profit, given the buy out is later exercised.
Verdict – can be sent on loan with a 50% salary obligation and a buy-out clause of 20 million euros.
Brahim has come to prominence at AC Milan courtesy of one of Real Madrid’s most successful loan agreements. There was never any doubt about the kid’s potential; they were just not beneficial at Los Blancos at the moment. Brahim has the best chance of being kept once his tenure in Italy expires in 2023, but that is still a year away, and things may change rapidly.
Brahim’s brilliance delighted AC Milan to the point where they are eager to trigger his buy-out clause even before the loan contract expires. With the imminent arrival of Kylian Mbappe and the ascent of Vinicius Jr, both flanks at Real are now loaded, leaving less room for Brahim, who is not content to be a backup player.
The Rossoneri are eager to sign him on a permanent basis and have indicated a readiness to pay a high price to do so. Given his rapid development and the raw talent still accessible to Milan, Real should not accept a price less than 22 million euros for Brahim.
Verdict – 22 million euros
Another high-profile signing who failed to deliver at the Santiago Bernabeu. Luka Jovic’s path at Real Madrid is one that many young men his age would never choose. The 24-year-old has failed to establish a place in Real’s starting lineup, prompting him to return to his previous club Eintracht Frankfurt, where he was once again unsuccessful.
Arguments that Karim Benzema’s skill was impeding his growth were once legitimate, but not anymore. The Serbian national had a few chances to show himself, but they were, to say the least, unappealing.
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If the signing of Erling Haaland is finalised for next season, it will be nearly impossible for Jovic to take a position in the forward line. A departure should undoubtedly be considered in the best interests of both the club and the player. Real will have to listen to bids for Jovic, and considering that the contract has three years left on it, the price tag will not go below 30 million euros, which is half of what Real spent for him.