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Time To Give Up On Eden Hazard?

The race to sign Eden Hazard just got a lot more difficult for Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham after Man City joined the pursuit to sign the Lille ace.

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So, the ‘race’ to sign Eden Hazard looks like it just got a lot more difficult after Man City manager Roberto Mancini was in the stands to watch him in action for Lille on Sunday night.

Rumours over the future of Hazard have filled the gossip pages for months after the player all but confirmed he will be moving to the Premier League this summer (source: Sky Sports News).

Lille should expect bids from Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham and Man City for their playmaker, according to ESPN, but now that mega-rich City have their eyes on the player, what chance do the others have?

Over the past few years, City have been on a mission to try and sign the world’s top talent in order to cement their status amongst the world’s elite football clubs, so it’s no surprise to see they’re after Hazard.

The Belgian international has been flirting with all the top Premier League clubs and has previously said he would choose guaranteed first team football over money. However, it’s one thing to say that, but it’s an entirely different story when someone puts a £200k-a-week, five-year contract in front of your face.

While Hazard may be able to command a first team place at Arsenal or Tottenham, both London clubs can’t compete with the wages City can offer. £100k a week would be a stretch for them. Whereas joining City may mean more time on the bench, one thing he would be guaranteed at the Etihad Stadium is a wage packet of well over £150-a-week, and challenging for honours every year.

Realistically, who do you think he would join in these circumstances? More matches and less money at Arsenal or Tottenham? Or less playing time, but more money and a better chance of trophies at City? Personally, i would be majorly surprised not to see Hazard in a City shirt.

However, United or Chelsea could yet have a say on where he ends up, as both could compete with City in terms of wages and he could arguably find it easier to get a game at either of those sides.

As an Arsenal fan, a few months ago i was confident we had a chance of signing Hazard but the closer we get to the summer the more i think he’ll be at one of the Manchester clubs. Unfortunately, money talks these days.

Where do you think Hazard will be playing next season?

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  1. Tari Marawo

    March 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    The problem with city is they just buy any player being hyped up.

  2. Odili8

    March 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Let him go wherever he pleases,we don’t care about flirts.The same applies to Podolski who’s been flirting with a Lazio move.

  3. Maverick

    March 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I don’t think he is worth the money anyway. We complain about Gervinho but Gervinho had much better stats than him whilst at Lille. This Season Joe cole has out performed him massively and we don’t harp on about Joe Cole like he will be the saviour of Arsenal…….the guy although has decent trickery and pace is no way worth 30m+ AOC is a lot better than him stats wise. AOC in his first season and pretty much his first game scored goals and has score CL goals whilst Hazard hasn’t. I also think he will cause problems he doesnt seem settled and will use any club in England to get his dream move to Real or Barca. Don’t want that crap again.

  4. AussieGooner

    March 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    If he’s interested in becoming an amazing footballer then he’ll choose Arsenal or Barca, but, if he’s interested in becoming revoltingly rich then he’ll choose City.

  5. Moses Yakubu

    March 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I guess he flirts with the money than football, eventually it ll kill his budding talent if he should go to Man city. Man U or Arsenal are preferred options.

  6. atid

    March 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I would take the part-time job on offer for double the wages at man city if i was him.

    if someone offered to halve your working weeking and pay you double what anyone else could what would you do?

  7. Montlenyane

    March 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    a better chance for trophies at city, u must be kidding!!! if u talk of money yes, how many yrs have they spent without winning a single trophy since getting those oil guys….bout 4 yrs, eden is the kinda guy who will sign for arsenal if w atleast get jan vertongen, i wouldn’t be concerned if we could go for gotze over him though, remember we got AOC,Miyaichi, walcott, gervinho on the wings…

  8. bradster

    March 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Arsenal can’t afford either. I’m pretty sure he can get all that he wants at Manure. They’ll pay his fee and salary, CL and they need a creative mid. Not sure where he’ll fit in at Man City but definitely a nice fat pay cheque there. Chelsea would too and they will need to look for Lampard’s replacement so he would get to play creative mid role.

  9. Ron

    March 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    For those who simply blame the club without title, pls face it.

  10. bond

    March 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    This guy is overhyped I would wld get goetze ahead of him.poor statistics

  11. lummy lawrence

    March 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    hazard aint gonna b an arsenal player come nxt season cos wenger never wins d battle over a player wit so much suitors. I wont be surprised to see a relatively unknown player from d portuguese or brazilian league joining arsenal in place of hazard. Nt even gotze!

  12. jim

    March 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    “atid says: I would take the part-time job on offer for double the wages at man city if i was him.

    if someone offered to halve your working weeking and pay you double what anyone else could what would you do?….”

    Except that playing isn’t the work training is. Matches are like the icing that makes the training worth it. Partly that’s why confidence and goals breed more, if you feel good you’ll train harder with more belief and Believe me players want to play, especially young players who haven’t had big injuries.

    Having said that there’s virtually zero chance he’ll end up at Arsenal, its just too much money and it probably WILL be Petrosmeg on the basis of 30mil fee alone, but he would be better fit at Utd, they haven’t got anyone in that tricky AM mold.

  13. afc14

    March 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    in all seriousness if he goes anywhere that’s not city, united, chels or real and barca he will play for couple years and then leave for more money. As a gooner i would of loved him to sign few months ago but i just get the feeling he is another who is not loyal so whats the point. Gotze seems a lot more of a down to earth loyal player, would be my ideal signing although i am a realist

  14. Cat

    March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    For all the player that Man City interested better command 500K per week so you can help your family, club & country. Help drain all their oil money from them. I don’t really care who win with this kind of owner around to spoil the market. I have full respect for Arsenal how they run the club the only thing is they should have some senior player to help the young one. 😉

    • andre

      March 20, 2012 at 1:38 am

      urm… Arteta, Sanga, Mertasacker, Benayoun, Van Persie, Arshavin, Rosicky, Squillaci, Verm, Kozaa, Song, Santos and Chamahk are over 26 we do not have a young team any more they are 85% seniors, from my count we have 5 youngsters in the first team including Walcott, Wilshire and Ramsey who are pretty much fully fledged internationals

  15. Leo Ari Wibowo

    March 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I think he’ll be like Na$ri in the future. I’d say, go for Gotze instead.

  16. leon

    March 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    give the Ox more chance and he will be at thesame level with hazard

  17. FinnGun

    March 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Overpriced 19 yr old flirt. We’ve got the Ox and Ryo.

  18. Kleef

    March 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Hazzard is a top player. We (Arsenal) a good chance to sign him. He is still young and being coached under Arsene wenger for further development could be the Key.
    We have also been in Champions league every year for the last 14 years.
    The Spuds are definitely not in the running as much as they like to think they are.
    We have been monitoring his development for five years as well as kristian Erikson.
    Man City/Utd, Liverpool, Spuds and Chelski are just coming in to highjack the deal.

  19. Tappy

    March 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I can assure you, last week Podolski was at London Colney being shown around, but unsigned (as yet)

  20. Stuart

    March 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Yeah, forget him, the geezer is a nob and that’s putting it mildly. He has no respect for Arsenal and is just playing others off against us!! If he was serious, he would be comitted. Move on!

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