Spanish news outlet Don Balon have chipped in with a claim that European champions Barcelona could sign Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard for a cut-price £43m in January, after reports suggested Real Madrid would have to break the world record to sign the Belgian whizz.
Hazard, 24, has not enjoyed this season with Chelsea, after a series of poor displays see the Blues mired in 16th place in the Premier League after 12 games. Now, the Catalan giants are trying to lure Hazard to Nou Camp in order to amplify their attack after the transfer ban.
Last Year’s Premier League PFA Player of the Year has sometimes been on the bench for Chelsea this term as a lack of confidence has affected his form. Hazard has no goal to his name this term, but has managed to amass two assists from his 16 appearances – compared to the 28 goals he was directly involved in last season.
Barcelona have struggled to find form following an injury to superstar forward Lionel Messi , but the duo of Neymar and Luis Suarez have been able to step in, in the absence of the four-time World Footballer of the Year. But signing Hazard would certainly be a boost for the Catalan giants.
Hazard would give Barca boss Luis Enrique more options in attack after losing Pedro to Chelsea in the summer.
Sky Sports football pundit Gary Neville has questioned Hazard’s recent form – questioning whether the Belgian has the right tools to compete with the likes of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I mentioned three of four months ago, that he [Hazard] was heading towards becoming one of the best players in the world,” the Manchester United legend said.
“Of course the best players have dips, but even when they have dips, they contribute to the team, they score goals, provide assists.
“You have to question his mentality, he’s a nice kid, but is he really a killer? You think about Messi and you think of Ronaldo.”
Going by Hazard’s recent performance, he may not be guaranteed a starting place in Barcelona’s starting XI, but a move away from Chelsea could reinvigorate his career and motivate him to greater heights.
Chelsea entertain Norwich at Stamford Bridge after the international break and with the Blues only three points off the relegation zone, they will be looking to clinch all three points against the Canaries.