5/28: Chelsea have agreed on a move for Eden Hazard. The transfer fee will be £32m. He will sign a five‑year deal worth £100,000 a week.
Few can discern the mind of Belgian winger Eden Hazard.
Everybody knows Hazard will leave Lille this summer, but no one knows where he'll go.
Less than two weeks ago, Hazard said he will wear blue next season. Next, he said he will play in Manchester.
Then came the curveball.
After Chelsea's Champions League final victory, reports linked Hazard with Chelsea.
And on Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported that Hazard might be too costly for mega-rich Manchester City:
City have made it clear to Hazard and his advisers that they will not meet his salary demands, which are understood to be around £200,000 a week. Instead they are prepared to offer around £110,000 a week.
The higher figure would move the Belgium international alongside Yaya Touré and Carlos Tévez as City’s top earners, but while that pair arrived as proven performers from Barcelona and United respectively, Hazard’s reputation is built on his performances in the French league.
As a result, senior figures at the Etihad Stadium have no intention of sanctioning a pay deal which would mean he earned more than Sergio Agüero, David Silva and the club captain, Vincent Kompany.
At this point, anything can happen.