The London sides are believed to have spurned the opportunity to sign their influential playmakers as teenagers.
Bringing the European stars to England cost a pretty penny, but a new report by Duncan Castles insinuates that the London sides could well have signed the duo for their respective clubs as teenagers.
The story in Bleacher Report UK claims that both players were recommended to the clubs by scouts while they were 16 and at Lille and Odense respectively.
Chelsea’s Gwyn Williams and Tottenham’s Paul Senior are said to have advised their employers to move for promising youngsters Hazard and Eriksen, but both English sides were slow to act and opted against the idea.
With the various internal rifts at the Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane clubs at the time, both youngsters were overlooked and the sides have had to shell out millions of pounds more to eventually capture their star men.
As at the time both players were only 16 and were yet to sign professional contracts, the report indicates that a fee in the region of £100,000 would have all that would have been needed to pry Hazard or Eriksen away as teenagers.