Sir Alex Ferguson will apparently open his Manchester United cheque book this summer to sign Lille star Eden Hazard.
The Belgian sensation is coveted by most of Europe’s top clubs and has said in the past that a move to the Premier League is most likely when he decides to leave French football.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a new super-tax on millionaires in France will force the 21-year-old attacker to seek a new home, but a move has been on the cards ever since he made his debut as a 16-year-old in 2007.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and recently Tottenham have all expressed an interest in Hazard, and it seems he will be able to take his pick in the summer, with all of those clubs reportedly ready to offer close to the £25m/£30m that Lille want.
It seems that after missing out on an attacking midfielder last year, and notorious examples of players slipping through the net in the past (Gascoigne, Ronaldinho), Ferguson wants to prove that Manchester United can still compete with anyone when it comes to signing world-class talent.
Ferguson was in France at the weekend to watch Lille lose 2-1 to Lyon, but there are a number of players who could have caught his eye. Rio Mavuba, Mathieu Debuchy, Michel Bastos and Yoann Gourcuff have all been linked with United in the past.
However it is probably Lille that Ferguson was there to watch. United have struggled with fluidity at times this season. Nani has not been at his best, and although they have passed the ball well in many games, they seem to be missing a spark at times – The fact that they are top of the Premier League is amazing (although they do seem to be hitting some kind of form in the second-half of the season).
Hazard, and perhaps one more midfielder could elevate United back to their status of a couple of years ago. They went from three Champions League finals in four years, to getting knocked out in the group stage and Ferguson will want to make sure that doesn’t happen ever again.
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