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Arsenal Line Up Audacious Move for £26m “New Cristiano Ronaldo” Hazard

Man United boss Sir Alex also set for bid.

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Eden HAZARD

Old foes Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are set to fight it out for the signature of Belgian wunderkind Eden Hazard.
The forward, who has been dubbed the next ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’, plays his club football for Ligue 1 side Lille.
According to Sport.co.uk, Hazard could move to the Premier League as soon as Janaury as both Manchester United and Arsenal managers battle for the youngster.
It has also been reported that World and European champions Barcelona are interested as well as Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
The current Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year is in fine form scoring against Le Mans at the weekend and assisting in two goals.
According to The Daily Mail, the 18-year-old was quoted as in September as favoring a move to Arsenal or Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane’s positive comments about the youngster.
“Real Madrid and Arsenal are the clubs I dreamed of joining as a child,” he told The Daily Mail.
“If I joined Inter or Barcelona and could play football there then that would be very good, but Real and Arsenal are really great and play at a very high technical level. Zidane is my idol – the greatest footballer of his generation. If someone like that praises you, it is heart-warming.
“But I must repeat that it is too early to move. In one or two years I will maybe make the next step. Lille play European football, which is also a good opportunity for me. Getting minutes on the field is what counts from my perspective right now. I have a three-year contract and feel that I have a lot to learn in Lille. The situation could only change if a club offers £26million and Lille were unable to refuse, but for now I ask all the clubs interested to respect my decision.” (ESPN)

Arsene Wenger’s ongoing pursuit of Belgian international Eden Hazard has been prolonged and persistent and it would take a brave man to bet against the Arsenal boss sealing a deal to bring the 18 year old Lille attacking midfielder to the Emirates but before any deal can be done the Ligue 1 side may want to rethink their asking price because regardless of just how much potential the intelligent playmaker possesses he is not currently worth the rather inflated £26m valuation the French club has placed on its prized asset.

The Gunners obviously have more than enough in the way of young talent but when a talent such as Eden comes along it is hard to not want to pursue it. Dubbed the next “Cristiano Ronaldo” it is perhaps unsurprising that Manchester United have also registered their interest in Hazard and this could spark a bidding war that Lille would no doubt greatly enjoy.

Arsenal may be the best place for the youngster knowing that Wenger places a lot of trust in his starlets and therefore the player may find himself progressing more rapidly at the Emirates than at Old Trafford. The teenager has already shown great maturity during his time at Lille and has great pace and a good footballing brain and is definitely one for the future.

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