Chelsea have once again demonstrated themselves to be shrewd operators in the transfer market after selling Thorgan Hazard to Borussia Monchengladbach for a staggering mark-up of 1500 percent.
Thorgan, the younger brother of Eden Hazard, was loaned to Monchengladbach at the beginning of this season. After a relatively slow start to the new life in Germany, Thorgan has impressed of late.
Impressed by Hazard's talent and progress, the Bundesliga side decided to make the deal permanent, which reportedly cost them €8 million. Chelsea paid only €500,000 to sign him from Lens so have made a mind-boggling profit in only two years.
Remember that Hazard spent just 37 days at Stamford Bridge, never played for the senior team and played just once for the Under-21s. What a great job done in the transfer market by Chelsea once again.
The Hazard deal represents just the latest in a series of exits that has seen Chelsea making enormous profits from the players they don't really need.
They signed Juan Mata for £23.5m and sold him to Manchester United for £37.1m. Romelu Lukaku was bought for £18m, then was sold to Everton for £28m after making just 10 Premier League starts for the Blues in three years.
David Luiz was signed for £21m, then was sold to PSG for a huge fee of around £50m. Kevin De Bruyne was signed for £6.7m, and two years later was sold for £18m after making just three league appearances.
Most recently, Andre Schurrle was sold to Wolfburg for £22m, giving Chelsea a £4m profit after just one and a half year.