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Arsenal Plan £40m Double Lille Raid as Wenger Looks to Rebuild

Emirates Stadium boss to make big money offer for Ligue 1 duo.

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Arsenal will make a significant offer for Lille pair Eden Hazard and Moussa Sow as Arsene Wenger looks to bring in effective additions to improve his struggling Emirates Stadium squad. The Gunners boss is ready to offer up to £40m for the Ligue 1 duo and will hope that such an offer would tempt the French side into selling two of their prized assets.

Wenger is just one of many chasing Belgian youngster Eden Hazard and the Arsenal manager has been tracking the playmaker for quite some time and has made it clear he is looking to leave the Stade Metropole when the season comes to an end. Lille boss Rudi Garcia will be loathed to lose such a talented prospect but probably realises he stands little chance of preventing such an exit, especially after losing the likes of Gervinho and Yohan Cabaye in the summer.

Hazard is seen as a possible replacement for Samir Nasri as Wenger looks to bring in more creative midfield providers. The 20 year old was named the Ligue 1 player of the season last term after helping Lille to their first domestic title in over 50 years.

The North London club are also looking for an effective attacking option to help play up alongside Robin Van Persie and that has led to interest in Senegal international Moussa Sow, who finished last term as the top scorer in Ligue 1. The 25 year old has also indicated his desire to leave Lille and has been linked with the likes of PSG, Tottenham and Valencia.

If Lille fail to retain their domestic title or at the very least qualify for the Champions League then the chances of keeping either player significantly reduces. The side from Northern France currently sit in third spot in the table, some five points behind surprise leaders Montpellier and two behind big spenders PSG.

Wenger is keen to improve his squad after a poor showing in the Premier League this season. Having lost first team regulars Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy and the aforementioned Nasri, Arsenal have struggled to keep in touch with those sides challenging for a top four finish and the French boss is looking to bring in youthful additions to help the club end their six year long silverware drought.

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