The transfer window is just around the corner as Thomas Tuchel and co. ponder making January moves to keep the positive momentum going that has been harnessed so far in the 2021/22 campaign.
Wins against Malmo and Newcastle mean that the Blues are going strong in many competitions, despite their injury woes at this current moment.
Chelsea are typically big spenders, and they may need to further strengthen their squad in January if something worthwhile presents itself in the market.
Equally, there may be an opportunity for some players to leave in the near future.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are out of contract at the end of the season, whilst some others have been linked with moves away.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos’ misfit is willing to stay and fight for his place in Spain despite having a torrid time with various injury issues.
Hazard, 30, has endured a nightmarish two-year spell at Madrid following a club-record £103.5million switch from Chelsea.
Ancelotti has tried to accommodate Hazard, switching to 4-4-2 formation and playing the Belgian behind the main striker, but his struggles have continued and rumours of an impending transfer have been circling.
The report goes on to state that Real Madrid would prefer to keep the player until the end of the season before cashing in meaning a January move seems difficult as it stands.
What is the competition?
With Madrid heavily subsidizing the cost, there are a number of teams that could be interested in Hazard. However, most of them would be a significant step down in terms of potential to win trophies (mid-table Premier League teams, Serie A, etc.). And very few teams would have the patience and financial ability to use him in a smaller, more narrowly defined limited role to maximize his chances of success.
Newcastle have been quite heavily linked based on their new ownership, but a move to them makes far less sense for Hazard. He would have to carry a bad team and would essentially be set up to fail. There are other elite teams that could offer him a limited role similar to Chelsea (Juventus, Manchester City), but it’s hard to see any of them allowing him as much time to assimilate, or being more appealing to Hazard than returning home to Chelsea.
Eden Hazard returning to Chelsea has a very good chance of happening. I think he would leap at the chance and I think the move makes sense for the club if the cost is (relatively) low.
I expect a (heavily-subsidized) loan move to happen in January. Once he’s back at home and feeling loved, I think he has a good chance of quickly recapturing his form and making key contributions to a title push in the spring.