Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has warned he will not let Eden Hazard leave Stamford Bridge for anything less than £80 million, according to The Sun.
The 25-year-old Belgian hasn’t scored a single league goal for the reigning Premier League champions this season, but that has not curtailed interest in the 2014 PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
Hazard is reportedly wanted by a host of top European clubs despite his atrocious form this season - but which club is most likely to secure his signature if he leaves west London?
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The La Liga giants appear most keen in the race to sign Hazard, with reports claiming they want to land the Chelsea winger as part a £250 million raid before their registration ban comes into effect next month.
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Hazard is likely to consider the prestigious Los Blancos as the most appealing option of the numerous clubs chasing him, although a starting berth wouldn't be guaranteed with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez for company.
However, a bit of healthy competition for his favoured attacking midfield role could be just what the Belgium international needs to recapture his devastating form of last season.
It’s hardly a surprise PSG have been closely monitoring Hazard’s situation at Chelsea as the mega-rich French side continue building one of the most expensively assembled squads in world football.
The Daily Mail reports manager Laurent Blanc has tabled a cut-price offer of £45 million for the unsettled Blues playmaker, but the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are unlikely to listen to any offers less than double that amount.
Hazard would likely be expected to function as the heart of the Parc des Princes outfit - a responsibility he flourished under during Chelsea’s swashbuckling 2014/15 campaign.
The prospect of Hazard joining a frightening Barcelona attack featuring Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is truly mouthwatering - and The Sun reports the Spanish club might be keen on making it happen.
Although the Champions League holders are unlikely to be in any rush to add to their glittering frontline, they will be reluctant to allow arch rivals Real Madrid to snap up the Belgian talent unopposed.
Hazard would be a good fit for the technically savvy football of La Liga, though the issue of ousting three of the best players on the planet could prevent him from seeing regular game time.
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