Barcelona was offered the services of Chelsea's star playmaker and the Premier League's current top scorer Eden Hazard over the summer, according to a report. 

Hazard, 27, was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid throughout the off season as the Spanish giants looked to take advantage of a lack of progress in contract negotiations at Stamford Bridge and to also bolster their squad following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, their fierce rivals at Camp Nou had transfer priorities of their own following their failed attempt to land Antoine Griezmann, and a report from Mundo Deportivo claims that representatives of Hazard made attempts to offer the midfielder to Barcelona as an alternate transfer target. 

Members of Hazard's party were of mind that his capabilities and style of play would fit perfectly within the Blaugrana's setup and add extra stardust to their attack which they had hoped to elevate through snaring the Frenchman. 

The circumstances which were said to have fueled the attempts to move Hazard on from Chelsea was the lack of Champions League football at Stamford Bridge following another disappointing Premier League campaign. 

Nevertheless, Barcelona was unable to ever seriously contemplate making a formal approach for Hazard as it would have been unable to match Chelsea's hefty transfer demands, or go toe to toe with rival Real Madrid should an auction style negotiation have arisen. 

Ultimately, Chelsea kept hold of its star man despite significant interest from abroad and he has started the campaign in dazzling form having already scored eight goals in 10 appearances across all competitions. 

Barcelona, meanwhile, failed to land an established star and instead chose to secure Brazilian winger Malcom in the summer - a move which has so far failed to prove successful as he has been handed just 25 minutes of playing time.