Wenger hoping to bring Hazard to Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to fight off interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea for the signing of £30m rated Lille playmaker Eden Hazard, The Sun reports. The Belgian is one of the hottest young prospects in European football and has declared his interest to move away from Lille in the summer window.

Chelsea scout Guy Hillion declared last week that he has been to watch Hazard over 20 times and the Blues have a definite interest in the Lille attacker. Arsenal are now stepping up their interest in the 21 year old and Wenger has gone as far as praising Hazard’s abilities. Wenger is desperate to get the Gunners back into the top four and believes that Hazard will help them challenge for the title as well.

Wenger said: ‘I like Eden Hazard a lot, and for many reasons. His creative ability, his talent for unbalancing opponents, his vision of the game, and his consummate skill in making the final pass all make him an in-demand player. Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club, and Arsenal are a top-level club.’

If they can sign the Belgian in the summer, he may join them on a recently announced tour of the Far East and Africa this summer. Arsenal are set to play fixtures in South Korea and China, before heading to Nigeria for two games. Wenger is looking to redevelop, but will hope his side can get into the top four this season or Hazard may be attracted by Chelsea.

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