Chelsea Transfer News: Oscar Reveals PSG Contact, Eden Hazard Eyed by Barcelona

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2014

Chelsea's Oscar eyes the ball during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between PSG and Chelsea, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Even in the midst of their issues up front, Chelsea have been able to rely upon a burgeoning wealth of elite attacking midfield talent to get them through dark times in recent months. 

However, Europe's giants are aiming to raid Stamford Bridge of its heroes, with Oscar admitting Paris Saint-Germain have been in touch regarding his availability, while Eden Hazard is a wanted man at Barcelona.

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However, speaking to French newspaper L'Equipe (h/t Sky Sports), Oscar states that despite the PSG interest coming in his direction, he remains committed to the West London faithful:

"I had contacts with PSG, that is true, but it did not go any further. And next season, I will stay at Chelsea." 

The Brazilian playmaker is currently in his native land and played a key role for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side as they qualified for the 2014 World Cup's round of 16 as Group A's table-toppers.

While it may not be the primary responsibility of his international duties, Squawka highlighted that Oscar has been showing a more varied array of skills at the home tournament:

One would presume Jose Mourinho would be fervently against the very idea of cashing in on a player whom many see as the future of this Chelsea line-up and one of the main reasons Juan Mata was allowed to join Manchester United in January.

Meanwhile, Hazard is also earning his share of the transfer speculation spotlight, with Barcelona eyeing up a move for the winger as an alternative to other targets on their list.

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While not a like-for-like talent, Hazard is seen as an option should La Blaugrana fail to sign either Luis Suarez or Robin van Persie this summer, according to Ben Jefferson of the Express.

The Belgian superstar is also in Brazil on World Cup duty, and while Marc Wilmots' side haven't been quite the force that was predicted of them, FourFourTwo's James Maw pointed out Hazard as one of the side's players who is living up to expectations:

News of Barca's intrigue comes just a fortnight after Hazard proclaimed his loyalty to the Chelsea cause, telling Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure (h/t Telegraph):

I am staying at Chelsea 100 per cent sure. Of course in football you never know but I am under contract with Chelsea and I want to stay there.

I am in discussions with Chelsea for a new contract. It is only the beginning of the talks right now so we have got time but the fact that Chelsea have offered me a new deal means that they have got a lot of confidence in me that I can do a good job and that they can count on me.

Since signing from Lille in 2012 for a £32 million sum, the 23-year-old has risen to become a centrepiece of the Chelsea attack, and his presence would arguably be missed the most of any Blues figure were he to leave.

The Blues have enough financial pull to be able to withstand the probing of Europe's giants, but their only issues would lie in whether either player were to start pursuing an exit, which can often make for problematic circumstances.