Chelsea could have had £35m Hazard... for nothing
Published 14:04 28/03/12 By MirrorFootball
It seems half the richest clubs in Europe are lining up big-money moves for Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard - Chelsea among them. But the Stamford Bridge club had the most sought-after young player in Europe within their grasp four years ago. And let him slide by.
They could have had him for practically nothing too - a fact that isn't going to enhance Roman Abramovich's reputation as an international business tycoon and football thinker...
Four years ago the Lille forward was a practically unknown 17-year-old. But Chelsea scout Guy Hillion knew what he was looking at and recommended that the Blues move to get young Hazard on board.
"I noticed him when he was 17," Hillion told Sudpresse. "I gave his name to Chelsea. If it had been up to me then he would be playing in a blue jersey right now."
It wasn't up to Hillion. Chelsea passed. And if Hazard ends up wearing a Blues shirt any time soon, some serious money will have to change hands first.