Etihad Stadium boss hopes to outbid everyone for Lille flyer.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has extolled the skill of Lille OSC winger Eden Hazard, but warned that a bid for the Belgium international could prove difficult.
“Hazard has a very high level of talent and is able to play at the top level,” Mancini is quoted as telling French weekly newspaper Le 10 Sport.
“But we know there is interest from the big European clubs and any deal will not be easy.”
City are far from the only team likely to be interested in obtaining the services of Hazard, with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal expected to also be in the running.
Should a bidding war escalate though, only Real Madrid and Chelsea are likely to be able to challenge Manchester City in terms of financial might – whether Arsenal have the available capital or not remains a mystery.
Earlier this week, Hazard signalled his intention to leave Lille this summer, adding that his preferred choice would be a team in the Barclays Premier League.
“After thinking about my next move, I’m leaning towards England,” said the Belgian.
“It’s a style of play that suits me and it’s there that you can learn the most. I want to play for a big club, but also one where I will play every week.
“‘I’ve played more than 100 games in Ligue 1 so I would prefer to go abroad. I want to discover something new and playing abroad is a conscious decision.”
Arsenal shouldn’t be totally ruled out of the running, with Hazard seen before in the stands at the Emirates Stadium, but as with many things in football, it may come down to money.