Eden Hazard joined Chelsea for a fee of £35.2 million (per transfermarkt) in June 2012. In the two years he has been at Stamford Bridge, the young Belgian has only added to his sizeable reputation, winning the Europa League in his debut season and picking up the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2013-14.
Working with Jose Mourinho this past season has given Hazard an extra dimension to his game. Whereas before he was fully focused on getting forward, he has added tackling and tracking back to his repertoire since the Portuguese's return to Stamford Bridge. While other players may have struggled to adapt, Hazard managed to improve his goal tally, netting 17 times in all competitions.
Now he is heading to the World Cup with a Belgium side that have been widely tipped to do well in the tournament. Performing consistently for club and country is one of the key factors that boosts transfer value, so much of his potential worth rests on how this summer pans out.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly already interested enough to offer between £61 million (The Daily Mail) and £100 million (The Sun, h/t The Express) for the player. Chelsea have not been afraid to cash in on their talented players before, but at what price would they let Hazard go?
Assuming he stays fit and doesn’t misplace his passport, Hazard will be an integral part of the Chelsea team next season. Having changed his squad number to the vacant No. 10, it would seem that he will play in his favoured central role, flanked by Andre Schurrle and Willian, next term.
Hazard said in March this year, per The Independent, that his aim is to be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. If he continues on the same trajectory his career has followed so far, he should break the 20-goal barrier in 2014-15.
While £100 million is a crazy amount of money—almost too much to turn down—there are few players who could perform to the level that Hazard has since he joined Chelsea. Those who would be a suitable replacement for the Belgian would not be available for a fee that would leave much profit from the £100 million, making the Financial Fair Play argument null and void.
Unless the likes of Gareth Bale, Neymar, Ronaldo or Messi suddenly decide that they desperately want to play for Chelsea, there is no amount of money that could replace Hazard at Stamford Bridge this summer.
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