Madrid have agreed to make Hazard their second highest paid in the squad as his salary will be doubled to £400,000 per week when he finalises his £130million move to Real Madrid from Chelsea in the coming days, automatically making him one of the highest earners with the Spanish giants.
Hazard’s imminent big-money transfer to the Bernabeu is expected to be announced within the next 24 hours, calling time on his hugely successful seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
With his pay-packet doubling to almost half a million per-week, Hazard will leapfrog some of the star names who have been part of the Los Blancos squad for the last trophy-laden decade.
According to the Evening Standard, Madrid have agreed terms with Hazard to double his current wages from £200,000 to £400,000 per week.
This will mean Hazard arrives at the Bernabeu as the top earner in the whole squad, ahead of Wales international Gareth Bale.
Bale previously leads the way in the earning stakes for Madrid with an eye-watering £346,000 per-week salary, or £18million a year, after tax.
Bale now will slip into second, ahead of World Cup winner Toni Kroos who pockets £200,000 a week with Madrid.
Captain Sergio Ramos, who also earns a weekly £200,000 in the Spanish capital may well have his nose put out of joint a little by the developments.
An agreement has been reached between Madrid and Chelsea for Hazard, with the Spaniards agreeing to pay an initial £88m, rising to £130m dependent on various bonuses and incentives.
The deal ends Real’s near two-year chase to sign Hazard and makes him the most expensive signing in their history, ahead of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale.
It will also be the second-largest Premier League transfer ever, beaten only by Philippe Coutinho’s £145m move from Liverpool to Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona in January 2018.
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