It's been a long and arduous week for Chelsea, with their Premier League weaknesses having been cruelly exposed by lowly Crystal Palace before Paris Saint-Germain subsequently took full control of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
With Jose Mourinho clearly discontent with the lackluster and thoroughly mundane performances of his team, speculation concerning the club's potential summer transfer activities has, inevitably, been rife throughout the last few days.
Perhaps the most disturbing rumour from a Chelsea fan's perspective surfaced this morning, with it suggested that the club may have to part with one of Oscar or Eden Hazard in order to potentially fund a spending spree.
Such reports suggest that although the possible sales of the likes of David Luiz, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku are likely to bring in enough money to finance pursuits for Mario Mandzukic and formidable Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, Mourinho may have to part with one of that aforementioned talented midfield duo if any more transfers are required.
Setting Oscar to one side for a moment, the thought of Chelsea losing Hazard at this stage of his burgeoning career is totally and utterly incomprehensible.
The Belgian international is a wonderful attacking player who has elevated himself onto an entirely different platform during a stunning 2013/14 season to date.
While he was certainly impressive during his first campaign at Stamford Bridge, this year Hazard - who has undeniably been Chelsea's best player since Mourinho made his keenly-anticipated return to the club - has improved massively and shows no signs of cooling off.
Comparisons with icons such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are admittedly premature, but it is certainly not difficult to see why Hazard is beginning to be mentioned frequently alongside such illustrious company.
Phenomenal in possession with pace and wonderful technique, the former Lille starlet just needs to increase his already impressive goalscoring record and it won't be long before he will merit such a lofty billing.
Mourinho should be looking to make serious additions to his squad in one particular area ofthis summer, of that there can surely be no doubt.
But he should think very carefully if that means having to sell Hazard to raise the necessary funds. He is just too good a player to see walk away, regardless of the £40 million reward they might receive from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain as a result.
Besides, once the striker conundrum is fully resolved, Chelsea should have a stellar and finely-balanced starting lineup capable of mounting another title charge. Which other midfielders could they possibly realistically obtain that would be better than Hazard?
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