In what must stand as one of the least likely rumours of the weekend, Manchester United have apparently entered the race for Eden Hazard.
Yes, that Eden Hazard. Yes, the one who plays for Chelsea.
According to the Daily Star, Man Utd are looking to take advantage of Hazard’s rift with Jose Mourinho to bring him to Old Trafford. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City are also thought to be preparing bids.
It’d cost them £70 million to take him away from Chelsea.
Would it work?
Is this even really a question?
Of course Hazard would improve pretty much any team he played for, at least as long as his manager is not Jose Mourinho in the middle of a sulk.
He’s one of the world’s best attacking players, and was integral as Chelsea won the league last season.
Given Manchester United are currently marooning Anthony Martial out-wide, it would make incredible sense for the Old Trafford club to have Hazard as an option and move the talented young French star to the middle, where he is most effective.
Real would see Hazard as a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who it cannot be forgotten is over 30.
Barcelona could add Hazard to an already devastating front line.
However, it’s absolutely ludicrous to think Chelsea would let Hazard join a title rival.
He’s their best player by a long way, despite his current feud with Mourinho.
It seems incredibly unlikely that Roman Abramovich would sanction his sale, and he’s more likely to get rid of Mourinho before the Belgian is allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.
Given Chelsea’s current form, that seems all the more likely.
Rumour rated: 0/5