Paris Saint-Germain are growing increasingly confident that Chelsea may yet sell Eden Hazard this summer, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, but have transfer plans of their own.
The Belgian ace was in superb form for the west London outfit last season, but had a rather public dispute with his manager Jose Mourinho after the Blues were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Atletico Madrid at the semi-final stage.
Hazard felt he was tasked with the majority of Chelsea’s attacking threat, while Mourinho berated him for not doing his defensive work – clearly blaming him for Atleti’s first goal at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard certainly has a case, as both the top goalscorer (14) and assisting player (7) for Chelsea in the Premier League last season, but if the 23 year-old does not fit into Mourinho’s tactical plans for next season, they may be open to a sale.
PSG plan to make a bid of £60 million to sign the Belgium international, who won both Player and Young Player Of The Year awards while in Ligue 1 with Lille OSC, and believe that Chelsea could be convinced to part with a second big name player this summer after David Luiz made the same journey to Parc des Princes.
Chelsea have plans of their own, with ambitions to bring Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and Real Madrid centre back Raphael Varane to west London.
Still, Eden Hazard’s creativity and finishing will not be easily replaced, and if there is anything left from the expected £100m on the way from PSG after their spending spree, it may be required to reinforce attacking midfield.