Paris Saint-Germain are set to launch a momentous offer for Chelsea's Eden Hazard, according to reports.
John Cross of the Mirror believes Jose Mourinho should brace himself for an ambitious attempt to land the Belgian star, who has long been the subject of admiration from the French capital:
Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain believe Chelsea could be ready to sell Eden Hazard this summer. The French giants are set to test Chelsea’s resolve with a staggering £60m bid after getting encouragement that a deal could be on.
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Despite being fined for breaching UEFA's financial fair play rules at the first possible opportunity, PSG are looking to spend big. David Luiz has already secured a move from Stamford Bridge and could be followed by Hazard, who rose to prominence playing for Lille in Ligue 1.
PSG boss Laurent Blanc recently called Hazard his "Plan A," according to Matthew Morlidge of the Daily Mail. He is more than happy to praise the player publicly and recently summed up why he admires the 23-year-old so much.
A player who an eliminate three, four players at any time a game is something else. We do not know what to expect with these players. They destabilise the opponent.
[...] There is also a Plan C. We will first focus on the areas of game where you want to recruit and propose three solutions. We know we want Plan A.
Chelsea fans will be pleased to hear Hazard remains unmoved by suggestions of a transfer, despite recent troubles with Mourinho. The Blues boss questioned Hazard's willingness to work for the team after crashing out of the Champions League to Atletico Madrid, per Sky Sports. Even so, the player suggests he is only thinking about football, according to the Mail's David Kent:
If you got to know me you’d know I'm not someone who is disturbed by it (transfer speculation). Every year they say I'm everywhere. It's part of the job. I focus on the World Cup which is much more important than what is said in the papers.
Hazard can be expected to play a leading role during Belgium's stint at the upcoming tournament. He is one of the Red Devils' most persistent attacking threats and will be key to supplying Romelu Lukaku with opportunities against Algeria, Russia and the Czech Republic. Should he perform admirably, PSG's reported £60 million bid may need to be upped.
Suggestions that Ezequiel Lavezzi could be thrown in, per Jack de Menezes of the Independent, will barely soften the blow of losing Hazard. Replacing one of world football's greatest developing talents would be no mean feat, even for Mourinho, who primarily prioritises value-for-money when improving his squad.