REPORTS: Arsenal Must Pay £26m To Sign Eden Hazard

By on August 17, 2011

Eden Hazard, one of Arsenal’s prime targets to replace Samir Nasri in the attacking midfield position will cost a considerable sum of around £26 million, according to reports in France.

The French news outlet, RTBF Sport claimed that Arsenal are ready to offer Lille over 20 million euros to bring the 20 year-old Belgian to the Emirates. However, it is now being reported that the French club are preparing to rebuff the offer by placing a hefty £26 million (30 million euro) price tag on Hazard.

Wenger made the bold claim that Arsenal would spend money if he believes a player would add the desired qualities to his team, whether they cost £2 million or £20 million:

“If it is for two million pounds or 20 million pounds we will do it if he adds quality to our squad. We have all our scouts all over the world and we look everywhere.”

It is a statement which will encourage Arsenal fans troubled by the sale and imminent departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but will Wenger go that extra mile for Eden Hazard, a player whom he has tracked for several years?

He is a hugely promising talent, and has said in the past he would like to join Arsenal if he is to leave Lille. Wenger also publicly declared his interest in the player, saying back in January:

“We are following him (Hazard). Personally I think he has real talent and the level needed to play at Arsenal.”

But Wenger has already been priced out of a move for Valencia’s Juan Mata, and Arsenal may be fearing that situation could happen all over again with Hazard, whom Lille are extremely keen to keep. They have repeated again and again that their hot prospect, who scored 12 and assisted 10 goals last season is “not for sale at any price,” while the club President Michel Seydoux stated at the start of August that his star player is comfortable in France:

“I am not sure he wants to leave anyway. He knows his status here and at a large club there is much more uncertainty.”

Indeed, there is a lot of uncertainty at Arsenal at the moment as to who is coming and who is going, with Samir Nasri’s future still as clear as mud, however, everything is not exactly steady at Lille in terms of transfers.

Having already sold their Ivorian striker, Gervinho to Arsenal this summer, Lille are also facing losing their other attacker in Mousso Sow, who announced his desire to join Gervinho at Arsenal. If Hazard were to agree a move away from France, the summer will have seen the whole of Lille’s front line miserably dismantled, although that circumstance seems highly unlikely.

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22 Comments

  1. Grant1984

    August 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    This Eden deal needs to Happen, Arsenal have got the money, he is a great play he will unlock defences and he is only 20 there is no reason on this planet for Wenger not to sign him, if he doesnt it is clearly the price tag that has put him off which stinks of Arsenal.

  2. YOUSSEF

    August 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I am an arsenal fun and I would like Eden to come and play for the gunners. but people are always talink about other players like there’s only arsenal in this world… The other clubs want to keep their players too, Lille for example has just sold Gervinho to Arsenal, They sold Adil Rami (their best defender) to Valencia, and they can’t push their forward SOW to sign an improved contract. if they sell Hazard too, they will become a weak team and it’s not interesting for them. They will fight to keep Hazard for sure even if Wenger will put the money on the table. There’s not only money in this world, there’s also the williness of all the parties to do business.

  3. Kiku Ssekatawa

    August 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

    With the latest comments from the Lille president, it looks like they are almost giving up hope of keeping Eden, and Wenger should do all he can to get the man. He’s 20 but plays like a 27-year-old.Blistering pace, stunning dribbling skills, an eye for a goal and that killer pass, Hazard is one of the best players to play for Arsenal, and 26m is a bit too high, but given that he’s only 20, he would prove very good value for money, commanding a huge resale fee even after 6-7 years as a gunner! Get him Mr. Wenger.

  4. Anthony

    August 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

    pls wenger get Edin,samba,bains for us.

  5. ken

    August 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

    WENGER WILL BUY NOBODY INSTEAD POCKET THE CASH IF HE WAS GOING TO GET HAZZARD IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE LIVERPOOL GAME AND CERTAINLY BEFORE THE RETURN LEG IN ITALY

  6. eldiablo

    August 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

    the club has the money,sign him !

  7. lewi

    August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    sign him now

  8. Bongo

    August 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Funny how Arsenal fans are clambouring to sign Hazard and then turn around and moan when we buy youngsters. Hazard is only 20, Jenkinson, Chambelain and Campbell are young too but may well be just as good as Hazard for us.

    I would love to see Hazard come to Arsenal except I have one question, if he is that good then why have none of the other big clubs snapped him up? How come he only scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists? From what I’ve heard from my Lille fan friends he’s the same as Arshavin, exceptional ability that looks great on youtube but he only does that sometimes and in a lot of games he is anonymous.

    • rohit

      August 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      hazard fits into the arsenal side really well,team him up with ramsay,wilshere,rvp,& theo he’ll do good. as it is wilshere,ramsay & co are pretty decent on their own and by adding hazard into the equation he can really add another dimension to arsenal attack. it’s all about quality support he’s gonna receive in the arsenal attack option.

    • Ricardinho

      August 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      Is that why he was chosen as the best player of the year in France?

  9. Le Prof

    August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    We really need someone like Hazard at our club.With all due respect but Rosicky’s best years are gone and the end of Arshavin is nearing very quick.Get Hazard and some back up for our new captain and don’t forget Cahill.We’ve got the pounds now…

    GUNNER FROM SA FOR LIVE

  10. Get Cahill, mata, hazard

    August 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    please please please, buy players

  11. richard

    August 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    can he really sign these players, becos it means breaking record of sign on fee.

  12. Bello ahmed nakamora

    August 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Wenger you are try to comes arsenal new flayer signing cox you look at the game yesteday no flayers cecs move arsenal no new cecs clhchy move arsenal no new clichy why wenger you are decievers man and oficials arsenal the only two expirience flayer v.persie rosicky.

  13. Leemo 4rm Lagos

    August 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    can prof listen to his followers?he wouldn’t if not i will say arsenal just need three players to come back to life. Cahill.jadson.eden.with this three players arsenal will well again.nevertheless gunners 4life.

  14. Donnie

    August 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    i hope we do sign him perfect replacemnt for nasri.

    but thats the problem

    dose the player want to leave
    and will wenger offer 26 million

    we saw what happend with alveraz whoooo we could of had as a perfect replcamnet for fabrigas
    but wenger could not offer and extra 1 or 2 mill

    i would be suprised if we offer 19 milion and it gets turnned down and he ends up going to chealse for 20 million

  15. Arsenal Future Manager

    August 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    WE DON’T WANT CAHILL, BECAUSE HE IS NOT BETTER THAN KOCIELNY,
    ”KOZZI – VERMA” is going to be our starting CB’s

    We need:
    # To keep Nasri
    # Scott Dann (back up CB with Djourou)
    # Eden Hazard or Juan Mata
    # Jan Vertonghen (Utility man and he can cover CB, LB n DM)
    # Back Up Striker

  16. akeem

    August 18, 2011 at 12:59 am

    why wenger, u want to ashame us these season. Wenger if u refuse to sign quality players we are goin to experience a lot of difficulties. Metasacker,eden, jadson pls add em to our squad.

  17. Von Booker

    August 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

    The clown is always looking for a discount on his players but extra profit for players leaving Arsenal. It will be a miracle should he sign Hazard. His very diplomatic in His speeches. SIGN THE DAMN PLAYER WENGER!!!! We need Him for up coming games.

  18. Sunny4Offical

    August 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    It’s a shame to see arsenal best performers leave d club in their intrest to register their name in the trophy medal elsewhere b/cos of arsenal trophy drought,so former captain Cecs was reward with a trophy just after 3 day in barcelona shirt;whats a dream come true? So Samir to be d next and i wish him success at eastland cos He also hungry 4 trophy in his carrier.all this problem at arsenal was mr.wenger&co faults bcos of their stingeness and where unable to splash cash on experience player who can deliver consistently through-out a season.

  19. Alexander

    August 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    We just need to get Cahil,Dann,Hazard,Martin and Papis Demba Cisse and we will have a team for the title!Arsenal got money now so spend!

  20. Antony Eugene

    August 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Let me add my sentiments too and i hope Arsene will atleast for once heed to our advice,dont expect to finish the season anywhere near top six if you wount replace the players you have sold and you are about to.We need Hazard,Cahill,Jadson and we can atleast be satisfied.

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