Paris Saint-Germain are expected to return later this summer with bids for Chelsea duo Oscar and Eden Hazard after seemingly winning the race to sign their club teammate David Luiz, who could join the French champions within the next 48 hours. And, if the offer is as generous as the one for Luiz, Chelsea will be prepared to sell one of their high-profile attacking playmakers.
This information comes courtesy of the Telegraph, who confirm that Luiz will join PSG for £40m - making the versatile Brazil international the most expensive defender in the world.
Both Hazard and Oscar have been strongly linked with moves to the oil-rich Ligue 1 outfit over recent months. PSG boss Laurent Blanc confirmed the club are interested in Luiz and Oscar less than a fortnight ago, while reports claiming Hazard was keen to join the French side surfaced after the Belgium international voiced his dissatisfaction with Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics.
It’s believed the relationship between Mourinho and Hazard has still not entirely recovered, even though the pair seemed friendly enough again at the club’s Player of the Year ceremony. Hazard, incidentally, won the main Player of the Year award.
The 23-year-old was one of the Premier League’s standout performers last season, leading to the Belgian being nominated for the coveted PFA Player of the Year accolade. Oscar, meanwhile, started the season well but tailed off significantly in the second half of the season. The Brazilian’s loss of form was one of the reasons why Chelsea failed to win the Premier League title in Mourinho’s first season back at Stamford Bridge.
Whether Mourinho is more willing to offload Hazard or Oscar is currently unclear. Both are exceptionally talented players, but it’s Hazard who has produced more in a Chelsea shirt over the last two seasons.