The Spanish giants are determined to land a big name ‘Galactico’ this summer, and are said to have cooled their interest in Hazard as he now looks set to miss the start of next season.
Mbappe had already been on Real’s radar this summer after a sensational season in 2016/17, during which he scored 26 goals to fire Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and the semi-finals of the Champions League at the age of only 18.
The Frenchman’s fine form has also seen him linked strongly with Arsenal in the last week or so, but Real may have the financial upper hand if they do decide to go after him.
Players like Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata could all be sold by Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, freeing up funds to move for Mbappe, who could cost as much as £135million, according to the Independent.
While Chelsea will be disappointed to lose Hazard for any length of time, it could end up being good news for them if it persuades Real not to bother trying to sign him, with the added bonus of wrecking the transfer plans of one of their main rivals.
Kylian Mbappe’s Ligue 1 stats 2016/17
Still, Arsene Wenger will still be hoping his subtle hints can have some effect on Mbappe’s decision, with first-team football perhaps harder to come by in a highly competitive Real squad.
When asked yesterday where he thought the teenage forward would end up this summer, Wenger said: ‘Somewhere where he has a good chance to play and is sure to play.’