Eden Hazard’s time at Chelsea looks set to come to an end this summer. The Telegraph have reported the world-class Belgian is set to make a move to Real Madrid, in a move worth £130 million.
You might be thinking what any of this has to do with Aberdeen. One of the Blues’ reported summer targets, and a potential Hazard replacement, is a man who could make the Dons a nice wedge of cash.
The Mirror reported back in April that the Blues were one of a few different clubs keeping tabs on the Scottish international. Hazard’s departure could prompt the Blues to move for Bournemouth’s wideman.
Dons boss Derek McInnes will certainly hope this is the case, as according to the Daily Record, the Pittodrie side have a 20% sell-on fee.
Hazard’s reported move could see Chelsea go for Fraser, giving Aberdeen needed funds
Whoever had the idea to insert a 20% sell-on clause in Fraser’s contract deserves some recognition. It was a brilliant bit of forward thinking. If activated, it’ll be one of the Pittodrie club’s best bits of business in recent years.
According to the Independent, Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal are going to lodge a bid for Fraser. The Cherries want in the region of £30 million for Fraser, and if they sold him for that figure, Aberdeen would get a cool £6 million to play with.
Most of that would likely go to the building of Aberdeen’s new Kingsford Stadium. However, you would like to think some of it would go to the summer transfer budget.
Even if McInnes only seen 10% of it, he’d have an extra £600,000 to deal with. That’d be a brilliant boost for his summer plans.
Hazard can’t be replaced fully, he’s one of the best wingers in the world right now. All the Stamford Bridge outfit can do is find someone who can still deliver key goal contributions and Fraser can.
He joined Hazard on top of the Premier League assists chart last year and created an impressive amount of big chances, creating 24 over the season.
Wherever Fraser goes, Aberdeen will be glad to see a former player doing well. They’ll hope Chelsea step up their pursuit of him once Hazard goes, so that they have a chance to take in vital funds.