Transfer Bin: Chelsea to sell Hazard to Barcelona

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Barcelona by a Spanish website.

Spanish website Mundo Deportivo is the latest offender in our transfer bin series, with a rumour which won’t please Chelsea fans.

The site has suggested that the Belgian attacker is a transfer target for Barcelona, which doesn’t make sense for a variety of reasons.

While Barca would be able to fund a £50 million plus fee for Hazard, they don’t have a direct need for him in their current squad.

Neymar holds the position Hazard occupies for Chelsea, which makes it extremely difficult to see the Belgian getting regular game time at the Nou Camp unless Neymar’s position is changed.

Hazard could switch flanks but even then he’d be presented with the challenge of trying to get the better of Alexis Sanchez, who has only got better as his short Barca career has gone on.

So what about a central role? Even in a central role, Hazard is presented with the mammoth task of trying to replace Lionel Messi in the starting line-up, a player considered the greatest of all time by plenty of fans.

Chelsea also don’t need to rely on a bidding war breaking out between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, the other side strongly linked with the Belgian playmaker.

Roman Abramovich provides Chelsea with a financial safety net although the Blues appear to be trying to become more self sustainable financially with a string of younger purchases in the transfer market.

His stats this season in terms of goals and assists show that he’s having a direct impact on the Chelsea side and those numbers won’t be easy for the club to replace if they let him leave.

  ClubPosGoal AssistGoalsAppsMins
Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 7 14 34 2,806
Fernando Torres Chelsea FW 5 4 27 1,481
Frank Lampard Chelsea MF 3 6 26 1,702
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 2 9 21 1,306
Willian Chelsea MF 2 4 25 1,677
Demba Ba Chelsea FW 1 5 19 661

Hazard’s contract also puts Chelsea in a position of power because it’s not about to end any time soon.

His current deal expires in the summer of 2017, which means there is no pressure on the Blues to negotiate a renewal or extension this summer, which would be the case this time next season.

Rubbish Rating: Not going to happen. If Chelsea wanted the cash they’d have already sold Hazard to PSG but he’s one of the true world class players they own and Mourinho will be keeping him next season and beyond.

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