How Chelsea Nearly Signed Lucas Moura Instead of Eden Hazard

Fresh off the first Champions League triumph in Chelsea’s history, there were two highly touted, skillful wingers that Abramovich put bids in for, Eden Hazard and Lucas Moura…

When Chelsea won the Champions League on that night in Munich they instantly became the club that all young players looked to as the most attractive option for a summer move. With this, Abramovich knew he would have to splash the cash to maintain Chelsea’s newly found status within Europe.

Chelsea’s depth in the right wing and left wing positions was a problem with the likes of Sturridge and Bertrand having to slot into these positions on occasions. Therefore, Chelsea and the financial backing of Abramovich set out on a mission to sign Lucas Moura from São Paulo. From the age of 18 Lucas Moura was a starter for São Paulo and he racked up 19 goals and 15 assists in 74 appearances in the top flight of Brazil.

Nearly 6000 miles away there was another tricky winger lighting up his league. Eden Hazard had scored 50 times and assisted 53 times in 194 appearances for LOSC Lille. Just like Moura, the Belgian had been frequently playing from the age of just 18 and in the 11/12 season became the driving force behind a Ligue 1 title for Lille. Hazard was rightly awarded the Player of The Year award in Ligue 1 and his 20 goals and 18 assists in 38 matches were mouth-watering statistics for a 21-year-old.

Unless you were a Chelsea scout or a frequent watcher of both the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Ligue 1 there wasn’t many ways to come to a justification of which player had the better potential. Hazard had the better statistics and basically ‘carried’ Lille to a Ligue 1 title, whereas Moura was slightly younger and the Brazilian hype was at its peak with Neymar also coming to prominence during this time.

On the 22nd of May 2012, just 3 days after winning the Champions League there was a €40m bid put in by Chelsea for Moura according to Juvenal Juvencio (São Paulo President at the time). Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United were also interested but Chelsea were reportedly favourites to sign the Brazilian wonderkid. The bid was rejected by São Paulo and there’s not much clarity as to why it was rejected. The Brazilian club trying to hustle Chelsea out of money as they knew they had more than €40m? They would eventually sell Moura for just €5m more than what Chelsea offered. However, Abramovich is not one for playing games and swiftly moved onto the Belgian youngster lighting up the top flight of French football.

A mere 13 days later, Chelsea agreed terms with Lille for the transfer of Eden Hazard. Less than 2 weeks after a bid being rejected by São Paulo, Chelsea agreed personal terms with Hazard, he completed his medical and was officially announced as a Chelsea player. Chelsea paid £32m for Hazard which meant they actually spent less money than they would have if the deal for Moura went through. The 21-year-old was given over £100,000 a week which seemed an astronomical risk but we all know how it ended up.

Hindsight is a beautiful thing and really makes us wonder what could have happened if we signed Lucas Moura in 2012. There are so many special moments for Eden Hazard in a Chelsea shirt and we would be here all day going over the stuff we could have missed if we chose the Brazilian over the Belgian.

Moura’s career went a different path as he went to PSG and he finally got his move to England in January 2018. Moura has become a high level winger in the last few years at our London rivals but nowhere near the levels of Eden Hazard. Would he have achieved an ounce of what Hazard did at Chelsea if we signed him? Unfortunately, there is no way on earth to predict what Moura’s career would have looked like at Chelsea. However, it can still make us wonder what those 7 years of breathtaking elegance from Eden Hazard would have looked like if we signed Lucas Moura.

Written by Frankie

22nd July 2021 , Chelsea Transfer News Roundup

Timo Werner

Chelsea are not expecting to sell Timo Werner this summer. (Kevin Palmer)

His name has been mentioned in a potential swap deal but this is apparently fake news.

Sasa Kalajdžić

Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat isn’t worried about the latest rumours of Chelsea and other sides looking at Kalajdžić.

“Sasa still has a two-year contract with us and feels right at home. You can see that. He’s been training in VfB clothes all summer. I’m not that worried about that, to be honest,” said Mislintat. (portWitness)

Michy Batshuayi

Inter Milan see Batshuayi as an option in terms of bringing in a new striker.

Batshuayi does not ‘warm’ Inters management.

If Inter progress with the deal they see Giroud’s transfer as the perfect layout for their swoop on the Belgian. They would hope the deal would only cost a few million. (SportWitness)

Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski has long been in Chelsea’s thoughts and interest could be revived as Chelsea continue their search for a goalscorer.

The 32-year-old could be tempted with a move away this summer for a new experience. (Goal)

Harry Kane

Harry Kane will assess his future when he returns from holiday.

However, Daniel Levy makes the club extremely hard to work with, which could hinder the potential of Kane joining Chelsea. (Goal)

Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger

The defensive pairing have just one year left on their deals and talks around new contracts for the two have not progressed. (Goal)

Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea have the option to extend Emerson’s contract by a year.

This helps to justify the Blues asking price of around £22m. (Nizaar Kinsella)

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham is admired by several influential voices inside Arsenal, including Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal see Abraham as a potential target this summer.

Abraham is understood to be aware of Arsenal’s interest, and would be open to the prospect of a move across London.

Arsenal have the preference of a loan deal with an option to buy. If this kind of deal were to go through, Chelsea would put the fee at around £40m.

Tammy Abraham moving to Arsenal is reliant on outgoings from the Emirates.

The transfer of Alexandre Lacazette away from Arsenal would make the signing of Tammy Abraham more likely and more logical. (The Athletic)Declan Rice

“The more you talk to people about the Declan Rice situation, the more you think a move could still happen in this window. He has made it very clear to West Ham that he won’t sign a new deal & as reported elsewhere, wants to be kept informed of any bids. Would clearly favour Chelsea over any other club.” (Simon Johnson)

Eden Hazard

There is nothing in regards to a potential move back to West London for Eden Hazard. (Simon Johnson)

Lewis Bate

The deal between Leeds and Lewis Bate was confirmed today.

He’ll join their U23’s for this upcoming season.

It is possible Bate was lured away due to the project that Leeds are undergoing as of this moment, with signings like Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt all on the brink of first team chances.

Sergio Romero

Chelsea are stepping up their search for a third-choice goalkeeper and have Sergio Romero on their list of candidates. (The Telegraph)

Romero is a free agent and would sign for Chelsea in a free transfer.

The 34-year-old Argentinian is the perfect player to bring in as a third choice. He has a lot of experience that can be passed down to his younger counterparts and he is perfectly capable of stepping in when needed.

Written by Frankie

21st July 2021 , Chelsea Transfer News Roundup

Dynel Simeu

Dynel Simeu has turned down Chelsea proposal to sign a new contract and he’s now set to join Southampton. (Fabrizio Romano)

As like all of the youth transfers this year, there is a sell-on fee included and potential premier league appearance bonus that if met could equal up to £1.5m. (Nizaar Kinsella)

Simeu opted against signing a new contract with Chelsea after being offered a fast-tracked pathway into the St Mary’s senior set-up. Ralph Hasenhüttl wants Simeu as part of the Saints squad for the upcoming season.

Dujon Sterling

Chelsea are in talks with Dujon Sterling over a new contract. His current deal expires in under a year but he wants to stay and Tuchel is impressed with the right back.

Despite being keen to stay at Chelsea, there are Championship clubs interested in taking Sterling on loan. (Goal)

Tariq Uwakwe

Still believed to be contracted to Chelsea, Uwakwe was seen appearing for Sheffield Wednesday in a friendly.

Tariq Uwakwe is on trial at Sheffield Wednesday and it is not known whether Wednesday want to purchase him outright or if it could be a loan deal.

Ross Barkley

West Ham manager David Moyes is interested in reuniting with Ross Barkley, should the club be unable to secure a return to the London Stadium for Jesse Lingard.

West Ham have held conversations with Chelsea about Barkley, while there is also dialogue between the two clubs over striker Tammy Abraham. (90min)

Lewis Bate

The 18-year-old midfielder has said his goodbyes to people at Chelsea and his move to Leeds is now complete. (Adam Newson)

The fee for Bate is £1.5m + add-ons and a sell on fee percentage.

Emerson Palmieri

Emerson has reportedly submitted a transfer request to Chelsea and wants to be sold to a club in Serie A.

Napoli is the Italians preferred destination.

So, with Napoli offering €10m for Palmieri and Chelsea requesting €20m, ‘the gap is far from being bridged’, meaning someone, somewhere, is going to have to make an effort. (Calciomercato)

Eden Hazard

Chelsea ‘received the proposal’ of intermediaries, offering the Belgium international to return to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich is more interested in signing a big-name and big-money striker this summer. (SportWitness)


Chelsea have entered contract negotiations with Jorginho. (Fabrizio Romano)

His contract runs out in 2023 but Chelsea are interested in slowly but surely securing a new contract for the Italian.

Robert Lewandowski

Chelsea have held talks with Lewandowski’s agent regarding a move to Stamford Bridge this summer. (Daily Mail)

Tammy Abraham

Arsenal are currently not in advanced talks for Tammy Abraham. They are informed on his situation as they like him – but it’s not an ‘advanced deal’ with Chelsea yet.

Chelsea are aware of Arsenal interest but have not received any official bid from Arsenal as of today. (Fabrizio Romano)

A loan deal with an obligation to buy of around £40m has been rumoured and Arsenal are definitely interested to keep up their summer spending.

Declan Rice

“Declan Rice would reject a third contract offer from West Ham. He wants to be made aware of any bids made for him. “West Ham would have to have a serious think about any bid that came in over £60m because of the situation”. (Matt Law)

Written by Frankie

Podcast: Ruben Sammut – Chatting to a Chelsea Academy Graduate!

Is this our biggest interview yet?

In another episode of The Chelsea Spot podcast, Orlando (Host – @0rland1nho) had the very fortunate opportunity to talk to former Chelsea player Ruben Sammut. where they discussed for just under an hour a whole range of topics, including training against Eden Hazard and under different managers like Sarri, Conte and Mourinho, the lack of intensity in the first team training compared to the academy, the 5 trophies he won during his time here, playing with the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and a lot more!

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