Chelsea are bracing themselves for another attempt from PSG to sign Eden Hazard after a transfer ban against the French champions was lifted, according to reports in France.
PSG, who Chelsea have played in two dramatic Champions League ties in the last two seasons with one win for either club, were fined approximately £50 million by UEFA for breaching FFP laws, something that also applied to Manchester City.
That punishment, which also stretched to a reduced Champions League squad from 25 to 21 for PSG, has now been overturned and the club are reportedly ready to spend a lot of money this transfer window to make themselves genuine challengers for the Champions League. PSG’s big signing last summer was David Luiz for €50 million, and they have been repeatedly linked with Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
Hazard had his best season by far for Chelsea last season since his move Ligue 1 club Lille in 2012, and he won a hat-trick of Player of the Year Awards from the PFA, the Football Writers’ Association and Chelsea. His goals and ability to make chances for his team mates made him the club’s most important player last season as it won the Premiership title for the first time since 2010.
PSG, long admirers of the Belgian, will renew their as of yet futile attempts to buy him from Chelsea as they are now free to buy without first selling other players, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Whilst a bid from Paris may be forthcoming, a successful one is almost an impossibility. Hazard signed a new five-year contract last season and has since spoken of his wish to stay at the club for many years.
A more likely proposition from PSG’s perspective is the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus. The French midfielder has at some point been lined with ever top club in Europe, and it appeared that the final battle to sign him would be between Manchester United and Champions League winners Barcelona after Chelsea withdrew. The reports coming out of France regarding UEFA’s dropping of sanctions against PSG is likely to start a bidding war between the three.