An almighty transfer tussle is set to ensue in next summer's transfer window if Eden Hazard decides to quit Chelsea, according to the Star on Sunday.
The Belgium international looks nothing like the player who won the PFA Player of the Year last season and, similarly, the Blues look completely different from the team that won the Premier League title.
Indeed, Hazard's dip in form has been indicative of Chelsea's demise. Jose Mourinho's men have lost five of their opening ten Premier League games and are closer to the bottom than the top.
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If reports are to be believed, the team's growing discontent with their manager's stifling tactics is one of the main reasons for the drop in form. Hazard, it seems, is the least happy of all.
The same report claims the £200,000-a-week star has been left disappointed by the way Mourinho has treated him this season. The controversial Portuguese manager has not hesitated to criticise Hazard in public.
But instead of spurring Hazard into action, the criticism has left the 24-year-old considering his future at Stamford Bridge and many clubs are ready to pounce.
Manchester United have been accredited with an interest, but La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid will surely be favourites. Manchester City may also be tempted to make a move with the presence of Belgium team-mate Kevin de Bruyne an obvious advantage.
Louis van Gaal would be interested in bringing the diminutive playmaker to Old Trafford, but a move to Spain may appeal to Hazard more.
Indeed, reports earlier this week claimed Hazard had already set his sights on a move to the Bernabeu with Real Madrid looking for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whoever decides to make a bid, they will need to start it at £70million.
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