It’s not often Jose Mourinho has to fight to keep a player, but if recent reports are to go by then the Chelsea boss may have a battle on his hands.
According to France Football—via Charles Perrin in the Express—Paris Saint-Germain are set to splash the cash on a host of top players, including Eden Hazard, as they look to step up their assault on Europe over the next few years.
The French champions have never won the Champions League—nor has star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic—and they are on a mission to get their hands on the coveted prize.
Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane are also reported targets as PSG look to lure some of France’s best players back to their home country.
Perrin estimates that PSG will hold off on their spending spree until the summer, but French daily Le 10 Sport—per Anthony Hay of GiveMeSport—suggests they could make a move as early as January.
Hazard is no stranger to Ligue 1 having played at Lille before his move to Chelsea, and the Belgian is said to have become frustrated with life in West London of late.
Reports suggest the winger, who moved to Chelsea in June 2012 for a fee in the region of £32million, is believed to be unhappy plying his trade under Jose Mourinho.
Hazard has carried his fine form into the current campaign - but is said to be keen on sealing a move away from the Bridge.
The news will come as a blow to Chelsea fans, who consider Hazard to be one of the most important cogs in the Blues machine.
100 – No player has attempted (100) or completed (57) more dribbles in the Premier League this season than Eden Hazard. Mesmeric.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 18, 2013
Hazard impressed during his first season in England, scoring nine league goals and assisting a further 16. His form was rewarded when he was named on the 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist.
At just 22, Hazard’s best football is still to come and Mourinho will be anxious to hold on to the talented youngster.
The wide man has been a mainstay on the left flank for Chelsea this campaign, starting all but one league game. He has been central to much of what the Blues have done well, chipping in with six goals and seven assists in the league.
Hazard is one of the few attacking midfielders at the club who have been afforded consistent starting time this season, which demonstrates Mourinho’s appreciation of his talents.
15 - Eden Hazard has assisted 15 PL goals since Aug 2012, only Gerrard and Rooney have as many in that period. Craftsman.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 14, 2013
Money will unlikely be the incentive behind any possible move for Hazard, who is reportedly the highest paid player in the Premier League. So why the alleged disgruntlement?
Mourinho will need to get to the source of what is troubling his star man sooner rather than later. The Belgian is a crucial component in Chelsea’s push for silverware. Not just this season, but for many seasons to come.