Report: Chelsea considered signing £130m player before Abramovich's sanctions hit, they were in contact

Chelsea were reportedly in contact with Eden Hazard’s representatives before the Roman Abramovich sunk under government sanctions.

According to Foot Mercato, there had been conversations between the Blues and their former hero, ones that have probably died out following the events of the past fortnight.

Will Hazard rejoin Chelsea?

The Champions League holders cannot sign any new players until at least new owners are installed, with Abramovich unable to fund any incomings.

Summer transfer plans, for now, have taken a back seat, as the club attempt to get their own house in order first.

At this stage of the season, the chain of command would usually be sizing up a list of targets, with some deals even potentially already in place.

But this campaign has turned out to be like no other, meaning any new faces arriving at Stamford Bridge will be entirely hypothetical for the moment.

In fairness, Hazard’s possible return to South-West London remains a distant fantasy for many fans.

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Many have urged the 31-year-old to reclaim his status as the Premier League’s most dazzling entertainer, following an extremely strenuous stint in Spain.

His dream £130m (Sky Sports) move to Real Madrid in 2019 has since turned out to be nothing more than a nightmare.

Numerous injuries have broken the once brilliant Belgian, chiselling him down to the barebones, a frail exterior able to run and kick a ball occasionally.

Bad Belgian news

Talk of Hazard’s English homecoming has continued pretty much throughout his Bernabeu disaster.

Those discussions have heated up again recently, with Foot Mercato claiming Arsenal could be lining up a sensational bid for the attacker.

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Newcastle United are also apparently in the running to provide the fragile forward some footballing comforts.

Foot Mercato state that, until Abramovich’s empire disintegrated, Chelsea were considering offering Hazard a route out of Madrid.

Unfortunately, there will be no garden of Eden for the time being.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.