So it begins…
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Manchester City & United talk to Lille over Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard’s future will be decided after Lille hold talks with Manchester City and Manchester United next week.
No formal offers have been made but the Premier League rivals are both interested in signing Hazard.
Belgium forward Hazard, 21, recently said he would be playing in Manchester next season.
Lille are unwilling to enter negotiations until after Sunday’s final Ligue 1 match against Nancy, although they cannot finish higher than third.
The French club want to strike a deal on their terms and maximise the return on one of Europe’s leading talents.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
So who will win the race? This source states that the two Premier League rivals are pretty much in the driving seat to sign the 21 year old and now it’s down to which side can offer Eden Hazard the most attractive deal.
Man City can of course more than likely trump United on pure financial terms but now that they are of course the reigning Premier League title holders they also have sway in relation to their standing in pure footballing terms. The signing of the Belgian international would surely call into question those who already sit in the positions the Lille man would occupy.
The likes of Samir Nasri and David Silva play in the spots Hazard would fill so one wonders how Roberto Mancini looks to use the prospective purchase in his attack plans.
Sir Alex Ferguson is certainly the boss in more need of a goal-scoring midfield presence but having lost the title and crashed out of the Champions League at the first hurdle a move to Old Trafford may feel a little less attractive. However Man United are clearly a huge club and are a more established presence in Europe’s elite so will surely run City close to sign the talented youngster.
Over the past two seasons Hazard has become a consistent performer, notching up 31 goals and 28 assists in 99 appearances. Overall the starlet has notched up just under 200 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.