Express Sport picks out the players who might not benefit from Eden Hazard’s potential Chelsea return.
Chelsea have reportedly entered ‘informal’ talks to complete the sensational transfer return of Eden Hazard from Real Madrid. Hazard departed Stamford Bridge to join Real in a huge £100million deal in 2019 but his form in Spain has nosedived.
The Chelsea favourite has endured a horrible spell with Real. He’s scored just five times in 51 appearances and has faced the wrath of the club’s supporters.
It is a stark contrast to his form in west London. Hazard bagged 110 goals in 352 matches after joining from Lille just after Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League success.
He has now been linked with a move back to the European champions.
Roman Abramovich is believed to feel that the 30-year-old can rediscover his reputation as one of the world’s best players by moving back to England.
Spanish outlet El Nacional claim that informal talks have already taken place between the Premier League side and the La Liga outfit.
Chelsea sporting director Marina Granovskaia is understood to only be willing to pay around £34m to complete a possible deal.
But it is a transfer that might cause boss Thomas Tuchel some selection issues. The 48-year-old has a wealth of talent in attacking positions and Hazard would create a more pressing headache.
Here, Express Sport looks at three players for whom Hazard’s arrival might be bad news.
The German’s Chelsea future has already been thrown into doubt by his poor debut season form and by the blockbuster £97.5m arrival of Romelu Lukaku.
Tuchel has insisted that Werner can play alongside the Belgian, either to the left or alongside him in a two-pronged attack.
But that would surely be cast into doubt by the arrival of Hazard, whose best performances in a Chelsea shirt came on the left of the attack.
Werner would therefore be pushed even further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and would need to better take advantage of the chances he is given by Tuchel.
The 25-year-old has scored just five times since the head coach replaced Frank Lampard in January. Hazard would be a significant upgrade if he can rediscover his previous Chelsea displays.
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