Emirates Stadium boss determined to land long term target.
Arsene Wenger will continue his attempts to land Lille starlet Eden Hazard this January and is ready to offer the Ligue 1 champions striker Marouane Chamakh and centre back Sebastien Squillaci in part exchange for the 20 year old playmaker.
The Arsenal boss has long tracked the young Belgian international and may feel that a move for the youngster in the January transfer window may bear fruit, not least if the Stade Metropole side is not in the running to retain their title, which given the resurgence of cash rich PSG may well prove to be the case.
Wenger will feel he can afford to offload Squillaci, who has failed to adapt to life in the Premier League, as he has brought in experienced German international Per Mertesacker over the summer. The 31 year old Frenchman may be interested in a move back to Ligue 1 after three years away.
Marouane Chamakh had an up and down season last term, starting with a succession of goals but ending with a goal drought. The Moroccan international has barely had a look in during the current campaign and is yet to start a Premier League match and therefore can be happily used as a makeweight in a deal to sign Hazard.
The Lille attacking midfielder has been in fine form this term, netting four goals and three assists in nine matches, and is a player being pursued by many of Europe’s elite and even though Arsenal’s potential purchase of Hazard in January would result in the player being cup tied and ineligible to play for the North London side in the Champions League this season Wenger is eager to snap up the player before he is lured elsewhere.
Hazard is valued at around £25m and Wenger will hope that the inclusion of two international level players, both with significant Ligue 1 experience, may aid any move to tempt Lille boss Rudi Garcia into allowing his prized asset to leave the club.