Chelsea will reportedly offer Eden Hazard to Juventus in a swap deal in order to sign Antonio Conte’s number one target, defender Leonardo Bonucci.
According to The Sun, the Bianconeri have suggested that they will consider an offer if Chelsea break the world record transfer fee for a defender and include Cesc Fabregas in the deal.
However, in a counter offer, The Sun report that Conte is hoping to lower the fee by including Hazard in the proposal instead which will undoubtedly divide opinion amongst Chelsea supporters.
The Italian tactician is said to be desperate to land Bonucci’s signature, as he’s a player he knows well following stints together at Juventus and with Italy and so he evidently values what he could potentially bring to the Chelsea backline.
Nevertheless, the report is still a shock as although Hazard endured a miserable campaign last year, at just 25 years of age and what he has shown at Stamford Bridge previously, it would be a major gamble to offer him in exchange for a 29-year-old defender plus cash.
The Belgian international has two goals and an assist in nine appearances in all competitions so far this season, and will be hoping that he can rediscover the form that helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2014/15 when he scored 14 league goals for the second consecutive year.
It’s claimed by The Sun that Juve would prefer to add Fabregas to their squad as they believe he’s a better fit for their system and style of play, but whether or not they would be able to turn down Hazard is a question that will possibly be answered next year when the transfer window re-opens.