Paris Saint-Germain will battle it out with Spanish giants Real Madrid next summer to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea.
The mega-wealthy French club, who bought defender David Luiz from Chelsea in the summer of 2014, believe they can convince Hazard to return to France where he previously played for Lille.
PSG paid Chelsea just under £50million for Luiz, but it will take a substantial uplift – probably £80m or more – if Hazard decides to move on at the end of the season.
Chelsea will resist any attempt to prise the PFA Player of the Year away from Stamford Bridge, but the French champions have put down a marker for the winger.
Hazard signed a new five-year contract last season, but Chelsea’s disastrous start to the season under Jose Mourinho has made him think seriously about his future.
The Belgian forward is regarded as one of the most talented players in world football and PSG now believe they are at the front of the queue for him.
Although Hazard has made no secret of his admiration for Real Madrid, the team he supported as a boy, the French club are one for the emerging forces in European football.
Zinedine Zidane, now in charge of Real Madrid Castilla, was one of Hazard’s childhood idols and it was thought his presence at the Santiago Bernabeu would sway him towards Spain.