Anfield boss joins race to sign talented youngster.
Liverpool are ready to leapfrog Arsenal in the queue to sign Lille’s coveted playmaker Eden Hazard.
The 20-year-old was instrumental in Lille’s historic title win last campaign – their first since 1954 – and he has been courted by several Premier League clubs over the past 12 months. Chelsea had a bid rejected for him in January though Arsenal were now believed to be in the box seat due to their cordial relations with the French club fostered during their succesful negotiations over the transfer of Gervinho.
While the Gunners are happy to meet the asking price of £20m they will only do so with the proceeds of any possible sale of Samir Nasri or Cesc Fabregas. This has left a window of opportunity for the Merseyside club to swoop though they themselves need to sell before they can buy having spent over £100m on players already this year.
One would have thought that Liverpool had enough midfield options but this source suggests that Kenny Dalglish is about to enter the race to sign one of Europe’s hottest prospects. The 20 year old Lille star has been linked with a move away from Lille for quite some time and now that the Belgian international has secured the club’s first domestic title in over 50 years, there is growing speculation that the youngster is ready to move on.
Lille have already lost a number of their top players this summer, with Gervinho moving to Arsenal, Yohan Cabaye joining Newcastle United, Adil Rami to Valencia and Emerson to Benfica, so it may well be the case that hazard also looks to leave the Stade Lille-Metropole, but is a move to Anfield on the cards?
Director of football Damien Comolli has reportedly been monitoring the Lille star and Kenny Dalglish is supposedly keen to add even more creativity to his midfield but where exactly would he fit? Currently Liverpool have Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles, Alberto Aquilani, Lucas, Maxi Rodriguez, Jay Spearing, Jordan Henderson, Dirk Kuyt, Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen vying for midfield spaces.
Liverpool’s new owners are more than happy to fund the club’s transfer additions and are looking to bring in young talents with good sell on value and Hazard definitely fits into that category.
The adaptable midfielder can play either out wide or in an advanced attacking role and has already amassed almost 150 top flight appearances and has reportedly stated that he would consider a move to the Premier League but perhaps Arsenal would currently lead the chase as they could offer Hazard Champions League football.