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RUMOURS: Real Madrid to offer James to Chelsea in sensational Hazard swoop

Real Madrid are preparing a sensational move for Eden Hazard - and will offer James Rodriguez to Chelsea in a bid to prise the Belgian away from Stamford Bridge, according to Don Balon in Spain.

Hazard has thus far failed to replicate the form which saw him help Chelsea win the Premier League title last season.

But that has not stopped Madrid stepping up their interest in the 24-year-old, who was one of the hottest properties in world football when he joined the Blues from Lille in 2012.

Madrid would reportedly also be open to a cash-only transfer, but adding James to the deal could tempt the Stamford Bridge club into selling the Belgium international.

James, meanwhile, has struggled with injury this season and has been unable to hold down a place in Rafa Benitez's side since his return to fitness.