Chelsea have reportedly made an enquiry about the availability of Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Inside Futbol has picked up on reports from Sky Italia which claim that during the negotiations surrounding David Luiz’s proposed £40million move to the French capital, Chelsea enquired about Lavezzi.
There is no suggestion at this stage that a formal bid will be made, nor that PSG are willing to do business. But if true, it could raise questions over the future of Eden Hazard.
The Belgian has recently come out to say that he will remain at Stamford Bridge next season. But he came in for criticism by Jose Mourinho following the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, and the fact that Lavezzi and Hazard both play predominantly from the left-wing may be more than just coincidence.
In truth both players are able to occupy a number of different positions in the attacking-third, but with the other players at Mourinho’s disposal, it would certainly make for an interesting team selection if the Argentine moved to Stamford Bridge in the future.
Lavezzi – who moved from Napoli for €30million in 2012 – scored 12 goals and provided seven assists last season, which pales in comparison with Hazard’s return of 17 goals and 10 assists in just one more game.
But it appears Chelsea are keeping all their options open as they look to build a team that can become champions not just in England but also in Europe once more.