Chelsea supporters who may retain concerns over the future of Eden Hazard can tick one potential suitor off their list, with Bayern Munich scout Daniel van Buyten having revealed the Bundesliga champions would never sign the Belgian due to his inevitably high price tag.
Hazard has been simply sublime at times this season, registering 19 goals and 12 assists for the Premier League champions in all competitions as well as brushing aside competition from the likes of Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea on his way to being crowned 2015 PFA player of the year.
His first-half header against Crystal Palace proved to be the effort that sealed the title for Chelsea and his stellar form over the course of a dominant campaign under manager Jose Mourinho has seen his talents favourably compared to those of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Hazard's exploits since moving to English football from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in 2012 have not gone unnoticed. He has often been the subject of transfer speculation concerning a possible transfer away from Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid having been previously credited with a keen interest in the player.
Bayern will not be one of those club's pursuing his signature in the immediate future, though, with Van Buyten insisting the German champions prefer to sign and nurture younger talent rather than commit huge sums to established stars.
"Bayern would never sign a player like Eden Hazard," he told Belgian paper Het Nieuwsblad as reported by the Daily Mail.
"He would cost between €70m and €80m and that is a lot of money even for Bayern. They would rather sign a 17-year-old or an 18-year-old who would cost €5m or so."
Bayern travel to the Nou Camp on 6 May for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash against Barcelona in what is sure to prove an emotional return for manager Pep Guardiola to the club where he is so widely adored.
The 44-year-old spent almost two decades with the La Liga leaders as a player and also guided them to success in Europe's elite club competition on two separate occasions during a four-year stint as manager before leaving in 2012.
Bayern, who secured their latest domestic title and a second with Guardiola at the helm in April, are missing influential wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery for the match as well as defenders Holger Badstuber and David Alaba.
However, Robert Lewandowski is expected to play fitted with a protective mask after sustaining concussion and a fractured jaw during the German Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund.