Chelsea fans should be extremely happy this weekend. French side Paris Saint-Germain have all but signed a cheque that will hand the London club €50million and take error-strewn defender David Luiz to Ligue 1. It also means that it is highly unlikely that the French club will be able to make a move to sign Chelsea’s Player of the Year Eden Hazard.
The Financial Fair Play punishment handed to PSG means they have to pay UEFA €60million this year, as well as the squad restrictions in the Champions League, and it would be very surprising if they had the budget to spend another €60million on Hazard this summer.
That would take their spending over the €100million mark, plus UEFA’s fine, meaning it would make it very hard for the Parisian club to do any business without breaching UEFA’s rules again next season.
Before the Luiz deal, a move for Hazard would have made a lot of sense for Laurent Blanc’s side. He would have counted towards PSG’s quota of home-grown players due to his time in Lille, and would actually improve the squad.
Hazard has been a target for PSG ever since he decided to join Chelsea from Lille two-years ago. LOSC president Michel Seydoux would not have allowed his star player to join a rival side, so a move to Paris was never an option.
Reports from French radio station RMC suggest that Hazard was keen on the move, the station suggesting that the young Belgian is a PSG supporter, although this is the first-time this has ever been mentioned, and he played for Lille since he was 14 years old.
PSG’s chances of completing a move for Hazard were always fairly far-fetched. It would have taken a huge bid to tempt Chelsea to accept and a huge wage offer from PSG to tempt Hazard into a return to Ligue 1.
The move for Luiz has stopped any chance of PSG making a move for the Belgian, which is a fantastic double piece of business from Chelsea so early in the summer.