Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has proved his credentials for both club and country over the past few years, and with some mind boggling transfer sums paid this summer, the Belgian feels he too deserves a big chunk of the cake.
In a hyper-inflated market, football transfer deals have reached sky-high prices, and this summer saw three most expensive signings breaking Paul Pogba’s world record move which was set last year.
The Frenchman returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in a £89m move, and this year, Neymar stole the show after Paris Saint-Germain activated his £198m release clause.
However, Chelsea’s top-rated player, on a lighted mode, has gone on to claim that he has the potential to overtake the Brazilian as well.
When asked about what he thought what his own valuation in the current market would be, Eden Hazard told HNL: “I don’t know how much I would cost. Maybe €300m (£265m)? It all depends on the market.”
The two-time Premier League title winner has entered his 6th year with the reigning English champions. Although there was speculations that Barcelona would be coming in for him this summer, no such deal materialised.
Hazard further went on to state that there could be many reasons behind Neymar’s world record fee, and it would be interesting to see how much he himself will actually be worth if a club comes calling in for him.
“Neymar is a Brazilian, has a lot of potential, is a year younger than I am and played for Barcelona. A transfer fee also depends on your contract and on a number of other things. We will see how much I am worth if I ever get a transfer,” said Hazard.
Beside Neymar, French teenage prodigies Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe also followed suit in whopping transfer sums. The former moved to Barca from Borussia Dortmund in a £97m move, whereas Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco on a loan deal that will be made permanent next season with a payment of £166m.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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