The Manchester City fans were feeling slightly aggrieved in the Transfer Tavern after Alexis Sanchez snubbed them in favour of their local-rivals Manchester United during the mid-season window, but fast-forward three months and the outlook is all very different.
Following a lengthy pursuit which spanned almost 6 months from the summer transfer window of 2017 into the January window of 2018, Sanchez eventually left Arsenal for Manchester United in one of the most publicised and widely-discussed transfer sagas in recent times. The resident Citizens were bemoaning their club’s inability to conclude a deal for the Chile international once their rivals completed a swap deal with Henrik Mkhitaryan, but after witnessing Sanchez’s struggle at The Red Devils they are starting to believe they made a lucky escape.
However, the supporters are still eager to see a new attacking superstar arrive at The Etihad this summer to ensure the club continue to improve and refuse to rest on their laurels after an enchanting campaign. With that being said, it’s no surprise that the supporters are absolutely delighted by recent reports from Spanish media outlet Don Balon (via The Manchester Evening News) which claim the club have made contact with Eden Hazard’s representatives.
Hazard (valued at £90 million by Transfermarkt) requires little introduction. Quite simply, Hazard is one of the most exciting and devastating attacking talents in world football, and the prospect of seeing him link-up with the likes of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne is an ominously frightening one for City’s rivals.
But it’s not only Hazard’s technical ability that is so impressive, as his communication with the English press demonstrates a level of modesty and honesty that is often absent from footballers who possess his level of talent. Unlike Sanchez, Hazard does not appear to be overly individualistic in his mindset and he would certainly not cause any upset within the City dressing room – which was one of the major concerns harboured by the City supporters regarding Sanchez’s potential arrival.
The arrival of Hazard would add another lethal attacking dimension to a club which already boasts one of, if not the most potent set of players on the continent, so he is a player which Guardiola should certainly be pursuing in the summer. Considering his importance to Chelsea and the fact that City are one of their main rivals in the Premier League, he certainly will not be as financially viable as Sanchez.
However, the quality and maturity he could add to the club far outweighs that of Sanchez, so there’s no doubt that his purchase would be a better piece of business than the one United completed in January.