Let's indulge The Sun's flight of fancy for a moment and consider the earth-shattering magnitude of a swap deal between Chelsea and Real Madrid involving Eden Hazard and James Rodriguez.
The two players, surely two of the biggest, best, and most well-known stars 25 and under (born in 1991), have both endured indifferent (at best) and injury-hit seasons. We're well familiar with Hazard's struggles following his career-best year last season; Silent James, meanwhile, after having his own personal career-best season, has lost his way a bit just as Real, as a team, have. In fact, if we look at it through such a lens, we could draw several parallels between Hazard & Chelsea and James & Real. Would the two clubs consider throwing in the towel and seeing if the change of scenary could revitalize either career (and team)?
I mean, I guess it's not the most ridiculous transfer rumor I've ever heard. Sure, the swap deal is a huge rarity still in modern football -- though, as we move closer and closer to model franchises as seen in US sports, "trades" might start happening with greater frequency -- and the only people who seem convinced that Hazard will actually leave Chelsea this summer are the rumor-mongers, but, on some level, I could see it happening.
Welcome to Chelsea, Hames.