Premier League champions Manchester City are planning to make a £100 million bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard this summer.
Hazard, who was named in the provision Belgium squad for the World Cup today, has refused to commit his long-term future to Chelsea after the club finished outside of the Champions League places last season. He has said he wants to see who the club sign in the summer before committing his future – or otherwise.
With comments like this, it has raised hopes at Manchester City that he could be tempted to make the move north, especially with an offer of £300,000 per week. The Daily Star says that City boss Pep Guardiola has made Hazard his number one target for the summer.
Other clubs are interested with Real Madrid and – inevitably – Paris St-Germain linked to the 27-year-old. Madrid are looking to rebuild their squad this summer after finishing some distance behind Barcelona in La Liga, and Zinedine Zidane is said to rate Hazard highly.
But with money no object to any of those clubs, it could be that the speculated £100 million ends up being higher. With that in mind, Chelsea could be tempted to cash in on Hazard, rather than risk him running down his contract and leaving for nothing in two years’ time – and the money could be used to help Chelsea add new faces to their squad as they look to regain a top four place in the Champions League.
If Guardiola were to pull off the deal, it would see City strengthen their side – bad news for their rivals after the current side scored an unprecedented 100 points on their march to the Premier League title.