Respected French publication France Football today revealed the story that Paris Saint-Germain were lining up a €75 million bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard. They reported that the player had met with the PSG owners and that he “already felt like a PSG player”. It is the latest in a long line of rumours linking the Belgian winger with a move back to Ligue 1, but the reality of the situation is that it is extremely unlikely that Hazard will be leaving London this summer, and here are the reasons why.
PSG have already spent their budget
In an act of petulance towards their recent Financial Fair Play sanctions PSG went out and spend €50 million on Chelsea defender David Luiz. Due to FFP it was understood that the Parisians would only have around €60 million to spend without making any money from transfers, which would leave them with €10 million to spend on Hazard.
Laurent Blanc would now need to sell around €80 million worth of talent just to make a bid on Chelsea’s Player of the Year. Plus the extra money they would need to find to pay the reported €15 million a year they apparently would pay the 23-year-old.
If the Ligue 1 Champions were to sell Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore, they would have just about enough to make a move, but the squad would be in a weaker position than it currently is.
Is just doesn’t make any business sense from any point of view.
Hazard’s future is at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) June 3, 2014
As if in a move to counteract France Football’s story, this evening Chelsea announced the Hazard would be wearing the no. 10 jersey in the Premier League next season. He moves down from no. 17 that he has been wearing since he arrived in England to the number that he wore at Lille.
If there was any real chance that Chelsea would consider letting their Belgian star go, they wouldn’t have taken this decision to declare Hazard had a new number. It is a story that could have waited until after the World Cup, but this is a statement of intent.
Chelsea has no intention in letting one of their brightest stars leave London, especially not with the departures of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. This is not a move the Blues will even consider, not this season.
That is unless PSG can find €100 million from player sales, and that is as far-fetched as the rumour itself.