Eden Hazard Latest….Chelsea Linked But Deal A Long Way Off

By on January 12, 2012

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It seems like the name ‘Eden Hazard’ has been in the gossip columns every day over the last six months. The Belgian forward is one of the most sought-after players in Europe with a host of clubs linked with a move for the exciting youngster.

In the summer it was Arsenal who were constantly linked, only last week Manchester City were reported to have thrown their hat in to the ring, and today it was the turn of Chelsea. L’Equipe have linked the Blues with a £25m bid, claiming they have already held talks with Lille about the possibility of signing Hazard this month.

However, the French news outlet say the two clubs are miles apart on the transfer fee. Chelsea’s £25m offer is short of Lille’s valuation, with the French Champions looking for around £35m.

Lille confirmed they have received offers for the 21-year-old, but insist the player will not leave the club during this window. Jean-Michel Vandamme told L’Equipe:

‘Yes, we have received a lot of very interesting proposals,’

‘But the clubs want the player immediately and on this we have a very clear idea: Hazard will remain at least until the end of the season. He will not go.’

Arsenal, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and AC Milan are all keeping an eye on things, but Real Madrid remain one of the favourites to land the precocious forward. Marc Formeaux, Hazard’s representative, confirmed his client would prefer a move to the Bernabeu:

‘The player himself has declared that he wants to play for Madrid.’ said Marc Formeaux.

It’s going to be extremely difficult for any Premier League club to secure the signature of Hazard. Lille are notoriously difficult to negotiate with, and with the player himself showing a preference for Real Madrid, the Belgian seems destined to end up in Spain this summer.

Arsenal’s interest looks doomed as Arsene Wenger is unlikely to detract from his strict transfer policy and stump up the required fee and wages. This is less of a problem for the likes of Chelsea or City, who could easily afford both, so it’s down to persuading the player his future is best served in the Premiership over La Liga. Which is easier said than done.

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8 Comments

  1. Dom

    January 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Check out Pato to Arsenal happening next week after calling off PSG move to instead choose Arsenal. Tevez deal to follow as replacement.

    • the don

      January 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      slap your self your in a dream

      pato turnned down psg
      becouse his staying out at milan.
      and milan have pulled out of tevez deal.

      we have signed fabrigas replacment
      we got henry back
      we can win the league now (Y)

      • Bangladesh

        January 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

        Don’t be stupid you fool! We’ll be lucky if we secure 5th place! I don’t see Spurs dropping points and Chelsea will strengthen their squad and make 3rd spot!
        We got Henry a 34 year old grandad that can’t run, most of our defenders are injured and IF RVP gets injured then we’re fuckd!

        • ChelseaOpinion

          January 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          True. I’m a Chelsea supporter and I think RVP makes your team so much more dangerous, however if he gets injured you will struggle! And Chelsea will be lucky if they finish in the top for in my opinion

  2. Herbert chipo

    January 13, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Hazard if signed will solve chelsea’s attacking problems

  3. Gary

    January 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

    It’s seems that Spain is about to impose heavier tax on footballers. EPL is the place to go. I think Hazard would be a perfect replacement for Malouda at Chelsea. He will offer speed and creativity down the left. And fit well into a new generation team.

    • Shivam

      January 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      FYI Eden is a right footed player so no chance of replacing Malouda.

  4. GILL

    January 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Yes he stated that his ultimate goal would be ‘Madrid’ but the article fails to mention that he also said ‘he wouldn’t get games at Madrid’ and that he wants to go to a club where he can develop and that ARSENAL would be a “DREAM” move.

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