Transfer News: Real Madrid set to receive offers for Chelsea-linked Eden Hazard
According to the Spanish publication LIKE (h/t Football.London), Real Madrid are ready to listen to offers from Chelsea-linked Eden Hazard ahead of the summer transfer window. His future at Santiago Bernabeu hangs in the balance right now as he hasn’t lived up to the expectations he was originally signed for.
Hazard left the Blues to join Real for £100m in 2019. However, injuries and fitness issues have derailed his tenure in the Spanish capital so far, and it looks like his time with them is soon coming to an end. He has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, which has been further fueled by this latest update.
The Madrid club are keen to sign Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer. As such, Hazard would have to make way for Mbappe which would lead to this situation. This development could potentially give Thomas Tuchel’s side the initiative to target his club legend after this term.
Should Chelsea re-sign Hazard?
There are obvious concerns over the prospect of bringing Hazard back, even though he is well-liked by all of us. We could use some additions on the left wing if there are any departures after this season. Timo Werner, who has been used in this position, can perhaps stick to playing as a reserve number 9 rather than outside given how he has underperformed since taking over. joined us.
Hazard could have a place in such a case where he fights with Callum Hudson-Odoi on the left side of the attack. Christian Pulisic has been used on the right wing by Tuchel lately which opens up the possibility of finding a place for Hazard in the Blues’ line-up.
However, it might not be the wisest option to sign him and take his salary considering how he clearly flopped for Los Blancos. His contract runs until 2024, at the end of which he will be 33 years old.
Fans would obviously love him to regain his lost mojo with us. Then again, he could take a page from the books of Philippe Coutinho looking at how he reinvigorated his career after a failure at Barcelona.
Moreover, we also cannot accept taking over Hazard’s £400,000-a-week salary he is currently earning at Madrid. This salary is clearly unreasonable for a club like ours given its current level of performance. Therefore, there are a lot of factors that the club must weigh closely before going down this path.
More Chelsea news
It will be interesting to see if the West Londoners actively target the 31-year-old this summer or not. While the emotional value of the club legend’s return is nice to think about, we have to be reasonable at the same time due to the risks involved with a possible transfer.
Those who have followed his time in Spain would also be well aware of his struggle with injury issues. Maybe we can bring him back in the same capacity as we brought back Didier Drogba and Arsenal re-signed Thierry Henry. But if we have to part with a considerable amount of money for him, it would make no sense to bring him back to the deck just for sentimental value.