The Eden Project: What are Hazard’s options this summer?
Cian Carroll | 26 June 2018
Where will he end up?
Eden Hazard needed a good World Cup this summer and, so far, the Belgium superstar is delivering.
The Chelsea forward has already bagged a couple of goals and impressed for the Red Devils in the group stages. His performances will be doing wonders for his chances of nailing a big transfer in the course of the next two months.
Hazard is reportedly heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door. And, at 27-years-old, this is arguably his last chance at a big move.
The Coral News Team examines his options ahead of a defining couple of seasons for the wing wizard.
If all goes to plan, the Santiago Bernabeu is Hazard’s most likely destination. Despite his Champions League match-winning performance, Gareth Bale’s time in Madrid looks like it’s coming to an end.
The injury-plagued ace will have plenty of suitors himself. But Hazard would be an ideal replacement. He’ll cost a pretty penny, but Bale’s potential sale should cover the majority of any outlay.
An evolution more than a revolution is taking place at Parc des Princes as Thomas Tuchel begins his reign as new PSG boss.
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach takes over from Unai Emery and will look to a new breed to sweep to European success.
Hazard could be a key addition alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. He knows the league, the language, and PSG certainly have the coffers to get the deal over the line.
Bale has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a while now. But it would surprise no one if the Red Devils switched their attention to the Chelsea star.
Jose Mourinho knows Hazard well with the pair already combining for title success. Dealings between the two clubs wouldn’t be difficult. And Hazard would certainly represent a better option than a mooted move for fellow Blues forward Willian.
It’s unlikely, but it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Hazard stays where he is for one more season. It would mean missing out on a season of Champions League football.
But the installation of former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri could tempt the Belgian into a temporary stay at Stamford Bridge.
The fiery Italian is known for implementing a furious attacking game. And he has turned Hazard’s fellow Belgium international Dries Mertens into one of European football’s most effective forwards.
It would be a professional sacrifice for the former Lille ace but Sarri is said to be a particularly convincing individual.
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