Emirates Stadium boss ready to make significant offer for youngster.
Arsenal will make a big money offer to sign Lille playmaker Eden Hazard as Arsene Wenger looks to win the race to sign the talented Belgian international.
The Emirates Stadium boss is ready to make an offer of around £20m along with possible makeweights Marouane Chamakh and Sebastian Squillaci, both former Ligue 1 stars who have failed to make an impact at the North London club.
Hazard has long been a target for the Premier League side and now that the 20 year old has stated his intention to leave the Ligue 1 title holders next summer, a plethora of clubs is said to be ready to make offers for the attacking midfielder. The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Man City have all been strongly linked with the Lille man in recent weeks.
Eden Hazard has been at the Stade Metropole side since the age of 14 and has been a virtual ever present three and a half seasons and is very much a Wenger-style player in so much as he is comfortable on the ball, a quick thinker and an adaptable performer.
Lille boss Rudi Garcia will be loathed to lose his prized asset but having lost the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Gervinho during the last transfer window, must have felt that such an exit was on the cards. The offer of two experienced Ligue 1 players as well as big lump sum may well tempt the Les Dogues boss into agreeing a deal.
Hazard himself would then have to decide if a move to Arsenal was beneficial to his career progression and a lot could hinge on whether Arsenal could secure a Champions League spot for next term.
Marouane Chamakh was a big hit in France where the Moroccan won the domestic title with Bordeaux but the 27 year old has struggled to find his feet in the Premier League after a good start gave way to consistent average displays half way through last term.
31 year old centre back Sebastian Squillaci is a double Ligue 1 winner from his Lyon days but also performed well with Monaco. The French international has also struggled to make it at Arsenal and is seen very much as surplus to requirements at the club.