According to reports in France, Chelsea FC could be willing to part ways with superstar Eden Hazard if a potential suitor is willing to cough up €80 million for the Belgian.
After winning the PFA Player of the Year award last season for his crucial role in Chelsea FC’s title win, many expected Eden Hazard to take things up a notch and replicate his performances on the bigger stage of the UEFA Champions League. Instead, the Belgian has had a season to forget, failing to score a single goal in the first half of the season.
The Blues have endured a nightmare season as a team, and with the chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League being slim, speculation has been rife about the possible departure of Hazard to the likes of Real Madrid.
According to French website Buzzsport, Chelsea FC could be willing to let go of the 24-year-old for a transfer fee of around €80 million. The report claims that the club hierarchy is not happy with the level of his performances, and could choose to move the attacking midfielder in this summer.
Riyad Mahrez has been identified as a potential replacement, with the Leicester City star having an outstanding season with the Foxes, leading them to an incredible 2nd place in the English Premier League.
Money for Hazard pointless for Chelsea FC
To a large degree, the transfer fee Chelsea FC get from the possible sale of Hazard is almost immaterial. Quite simply, the Blues will not find a player with the same ability or potential who is willing to make a move to a club without Champions League football.
The club should hang on to their best player and build the team around him. Even though this season has been a failure for him on an individual level thus far, it is difficult to imagine Hazard being equally poor in future seasons. The Belgian is likely to find his form at some point, and when he does, the Stamford Bridge faithful will be hoping he is wearing Chelsea FC blue.