The Belgian star is the most talked about player for sale in Europe at the moment with a whole host of clubs interested in signing the attacking midfielder. Arsenal’s arch rivals Spurs have been heavily linked with Hazard recently after he admitted he wanted to leave France for England and had hailed Tottenham’s status as a top club.
The Gunners are believed to be in the driving seat after the Lille star admitted his interest in playing for Arsenal and Wenger admitted his interest in the player, but only time will tell who can front up the cash for the 21-year-old first.
French international Sagna spoke out on the possibility of Spurs signing the highly rated winger:
I think it would be an error for him.
I watch the French League and Hazard is an excellent player. It would be a major signing for Arsenal, but it’s up to different people to decide his destination.
He needs to reflect and make the choice of club for the style of football.
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If he goes to Spurs, he will be an enemy for me.
Hazard has the perfect profile for the Premier League because he has swiftness, is a very good dribbler and is able to find spaces for team-mates.
He is a player who can change the rhythm and provoke problems in defence.
The rumours will continue to revolve around Hazard over the next few months as the player and his agent look to advertise him and bump up the interest. Next week we will hear that he wants to play for Chelsea because it’s warmer in Fulham.. His price is staring to rise with more interest, so do we genuinely believe that Wenger and Arsenal board will sanction a big money move for the Lille winger? The only way that something will eventuate is if the rumours are true that majority shareholder Kroenke offers Wenger some ‘cash monies’ to splash on some star players.
Another worry would be how committed Hazard would be to Arsenal and whether he would ‘do a Nasri’ and leave North London when he is starting to fulfill his potential. He has talked about Spain but feels he will not break into the Barcelona or Madrid starting lineup…yet. But perhaps this would suit the Gunners board quite nicely? Buy him for £30m, sell him 4 years later for £60m. Maybe we’re just getting to far ahead of ourselves, but this is a genuine concern.
Regardless of what the future holds, Hazard is a top drawer player that would be a welcomed and much needed addition to the team and could potentially be Arshavin’s ready-made replacement. This summer is going to be a stressful but exciting one!