Emirates Stadium boss set to make record breaking offer.
Arsene Wenger will look to his board to fund a £25m offer for Lille youngster Eden Hazard as the Arsenal boss pursues a coveted top four finish. The Gunners will also look to sweeten any deal with the offer of a choice of players that the North London club are willing to offer to land the talented Belgian international.
The players believed to be available to use as a makeweight in any deal are French international defender Sebastien Squillaci, Morrocan Marouane Chamakh and Russian winger Andrei Arshavin. Lille boss Rudi Garcia may well be tempted to cash in on Hazard as he may well feel that he will lose the youngster sooner or later and that he could well use the funds from his sale to boost his Stade Metropole squad.
Wenger watched on as his Arsenal side suffered their seventh Premier League defeat of the season and have now fallen four points behind fourth placed Chelsea. The Frenchman has seen his squad decimated by injuries, lost the aforementioned Chamakh and Gervinho to African Nations Cup duty and many of his first team suffer dips in form leaving him desperate to bring in additions this month.
Arsenal have trailed Hazard for the best part of two years and know that a number of Europe’s elite are also pursuing the adaptable attacking midfielder who can play out wide or in a central role behind the strikers. Having lost crucial first team players such as Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last summer whilst spending far less than the club received from sales on replacements Wenger will demand funding to help secure Champions League qualification for next term.
Hazard was instrumental in Lille’s first domestic title triumph in over 50 years and the 21 year old has had another effective campaign this term notching up nine goals and six assists this season.
Lille lost the services of Gervinho and Yohan Cabaye last summer and Garcia will struggle to keep his top performers from moves they feel will progress their individual careers and an offer such as this from Arsenal may well prove successful.