Chelsea transfer news: Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante to Real Madrid claim from Sky Sports man

That’s according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who says Maurizio Sarri’s side would be mid-table without the key duo.

Chelsea have experienced a summer of change buoyed by the high-profile arrivals of Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic at Stamford Bridge.

But they face the prospect of potentially seeing Hazard and Kante following in the footsteps of Thibaut Courtois, who left them for Real in a £35m deal.

Real have until the end of August to complete their remaining business and the Chelsea duo are of the required calibre to star at the Bernabeu.

Merson claims Chelsea might field offers for Hazard and Kante if Real wave goodbye to Luka Modric, who’s being chased by Inter Milan.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen at Chelsea, if I’m honest,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“You have to remember, the Spanish window hasn’t finished yet.

“If Luka Modric does go and Real Madrid have all that money to play with, they go for Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante and then suddenly, Chelsea are a mid-table team.”

Merson has also raised doubt about Chelsea’s decision to make Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

“I like Jorginho, he’s top drawer,” Merson added.

“Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid could be anything, but the goalkeeper is only 23 – you tell me how many world class goalies there are at 23, if any.

“In time, it could be a good transfer, but not now.

“This is going to be hard for Kepa, he will probably turn out to be great, but that is a lot of money for a kid and in goalkeeping terms, he is a kid.

“It’s very rare you get goalies that young going for that much.

“It’s a lot of money.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea missed out on a deadline day deal for Nabil Fekir with Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas said to have bumped up his price tag to a mega £72m.

Chelsea transfer news: What business did the Blues do this summer?

In

Jorginho (Napoli) £57m

Robert Green Free

Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) Loan

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao) £72m

Out

Mitchell Beeney (released)

Wallace Oliveira (released)

Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich) Loan

Nathan Baxter (Yeovil) Loan

Reece James (Wigan) Loan

Dujon Sterling (Coventry) Loan

Lewis Baker (Leeds) Loan

Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse) Loan

Danilo Pantic (Partizan) Loan

Jonathan Panzo (Monaco) Undisclosed

Eduardo (Vitesse) Loan

Kenedy (Newcastle) Loan

Jhoao Rodriguez (Tenerife) Loan

Jamal Blackman (Leeds) Loan

Todd Kane (Hull) Loan

Mason Mount (Derby) Loan

Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo) Undisclosed

Mario Pasalic (Atalanta) Loan

Nathan (Atletico Mineiro) Loan

Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) Loan

Victorien Angban (Metz) Loan

Kasey Palmer (Blackburn) Loan

Kyle Scott (Telstar) Loan

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) £35m

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