Chelsea fans sweating as Ronaldo gap opens and Hazard exits World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has moved to Juventus, and it’s blown a stagnant summer of transfers right open.

Suddenly there’s space at Real Madrid. This could mean Gareth Bale finally getting the minutes he wants, it could mean a weekly starting role for Marco Asensio – or it could mean an all out attack for Eden Hazard.

The Belgian couldn’t really have done more to raise his price in this World Cup, his most recent two games against Brazil and France showing him taking things up a level. If Real Madrid were watching, they will have seen exactly what he can do in games at the very top level.

Chelsea fans should basically be very worried about holding on to their Belgian wizard now Ronaldo has gone. Neymar appears to be the Real hierarchy’s first choice, but if he proves impossible to buy – and you can expect that to be pretty likely – they will be coming after Hazard. And with just 12 months left on his contract, there’s not much Chelsea can do but sell him.