Should Chelsea Cash In on Eden Hazard, Oscar This Summer?

Rowanne WesthenryFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  Eden Hazard (R) of Chelsea is congratulated by teammate Oscar (L) after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on August 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Chelsea have already seen one of their star players agree terms to leave London this summer. The £50 million fee for David Luiz’s imminent transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, per The Guardian, will be reinvested in the budget for a striker, or two, this summer.

However, with Financial Fair Play requiring clubs to break even, the Blues could be forced to sell another big-name player to fund further spending.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to PSG for a long time, with speculation intensifying when he turned up to a post-match interview in a PSG shirt. Hazard has said that he will not let the gossip unsettle him ahead of the World Cup, per Paul Brown at the Daily Star, but it remains to be seen what could happen after the tournament.

Oscar has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after a significant drop in form halfway through the season. According to Goal.com, the Brazilian is a target for both PSG and Juventus, although Chelsea are unlikely to countenance a deal for less than £40 million.

With Hazard worth somewhere north of £50 million, Jose Mourinho could significantly strengthen his squad despite losing two of his better players. Would this be good business though?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19:  Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager speaks with Oscar of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on January 19, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botter
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Oscar’s all-round ability is what led Mourinho to build the side around him in the No. 10 role.  However, Hazard has proved to be the more productive player this season, which could cast doubt on Oscar’s future at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard’s 14 Premier League goals and seven assists were key to Chelsea’s third-place finish. While Oscar still leads the way in tackles, with 49 to the Belgian’s 18, Hazard created almost double the number of chances, 92 to Oscar’s 48.

This writer is still of the opinion that Oscar’s future lies in a deeper midfield role, alongside Nemanja Matic. However, if he is unwilling to relinquish his attacking midfield position, it could make sense to cash in on the Brazilian. A £40 million fee would go a long way to signing a world-class replacement for Ashley Cole at left-back, as well as adding another central midfielder.

Whatever happens after the World Cup, it is clear that this summer is going to be a busy one at Stamford Bridge.

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