Old Trafford coach reveals Sir Alex Ferguson is very keen on Lille starlet Eden Hazard and has personally scouted the Belgian international.
Eden Hazard named Man United’s top transfer target after Fergie scout trip
Manchester United have made Eden Hazard their number one summer transfer target after coach Rene Meulensteen confirmed Sir Alex Ferguson made a personal trip alone to watch the Lille star in action.
Ferguson hoped to steal a march on his rivals by travelling in secret, and by himself, to run the rule over Hazard, 21, in order to make it clear the youngster is a top target for the summer.
And Meulensteen admitted the trip, which was reported by Metro last month, was because the United supremo considers Hazard to be ‘an interesting player’.
‘The manager wanted to see [Eden] Hazard by himself. That’s a sign he thinks it’s an interesting player. We talked a lot about him,’ Meulensteen said.
‘For a club it’s important that you keep refreshing your squad.’
‘Hazard is a special talent, but it always takes a while,’ he told Voetbal International.
‘As example – we followed David de Gea for a long time before we got him.
‘Ferguson wants to know the character of the player, and because of that he goes to look by himself for players.
‘Hazard is “the man” at Lille. Ferguson wanted to see if that had an influence on him.’
Reports have previously suggested bids in the region of £20million had been rejected by Lille to try to keep Hazard.
Eden Hazard is the subject of much interest across Europe and there is a very real possibility that Lille will lose their prized asset this summer. Rudi Garcia’s side have struggled to keep pace with Montpellier and PSG this season and having lost the likes of Gervinho, Moussa Sow and Yohan Cabaye in the last year it seems highly likely the 21 year old Belgian will be the next to leave the Stade Metropole.
Hazard could well add extra creativity and an added goal threat to Man United’s midfield, which includes players who are not renowned for their goal-scoring and assist making with Michael Carrick, Anderson, Darren Fletcher, and to a lesser extent Tom Cleverley, being more geared to holding on to the ball.
Lille are likely to want to cash in on Hazard but only if a fee in excess of £30m is paid and the question is whether Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to put in such a hefty move to improve a squad that is on the whole fairly healthy and a good mix of youth and experience.
Indeed a move for Hazard may be with more of a push to improve in the club’s poor Champions League form of this term. In the last three seasons the Lille man has notched up a very impressive 38 goals and 31 assists and a move to Old Trafford would surely tempt the youngster into a Premier League swich.