Ask any Chelsea fan about how they feel right now, and most would admit they are nervous. The Blues are in the process of being sold, but numerous reports make it hard to know just who, or when, the deal will happen. Fears exist that the takeover could bleed into the post-season, which could make it likely that transfer dealings are harder to push through. With it hard for the club to get money in and out and to complete signings whilst in this situation, some fans are nervous about what the future might hold.
However, one little cash boost might coming the way of Chelsea courtesy of Eden Hazard. The Belgian is a hero at Stamford Bridge, but his £103m transfer fee to go to Real Madrid looked unlikely to ever be complete. A series of injuries and form struggles has seen Hazard play just 65 games in two seasons, scoring a paltry six goals – nearly 1 in 11!
So, hopes were minimal that Hazard would eventually make up his eventual full fee. With much of the money built into progressive scenarios involving success for Real Madrid, it was deemed unlikely that Hazard would eventually bring in all of the funds hoped for.
Last summer, though, Madrid winning the league meant that another £20m was due to the Blues. With Los Blancos winning another league this season and attending the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris, though, more money will be heading to Chelsea as part of the deal.
This could see the Blues given a nice little extra bit of money in the account. If Madrid land their fourteenth Champions League trophy, then the windfall would be even higher.
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With talk that the club might be able to do some deals this summer after all, some big names are being linked with a move to West London. One name which is sure to have fans excited, though, is that of Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly. The big defender looks almost certain to leave Napoli this summer, with the club keen to cash in one asset having seen others like Lorenzo Insigne walk away for nothing.
The defender, who is 31 this summer, could be sold for a fee of around £30m to try and recoup some cost on his contract. The Blues, who will be losing Antonio Rüdiger this summer, could swoop. The chance to pair up Koulibaly with his international teammate in Edouard Mendy would be a great proposition. They would instantly bring chemistry together, and the Senegalese defender would be ideally suited to the way that Thomas Tuchel plays the game.
For now, though, it is uncertain what will happen. If the Blues can be sold on before the summer, then they could capitalise on uncertainty in Naples to land a player of massive quality. If Madrid win the UCL, then the funds could be present to push forward and complete this deal.