Arsene Wenger is confident that he will sign Lille starlet Eden Hazard for approximately £28 million when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Wenger made the 21-year-old Belgian one of his top transfer targets during the summer, but ran out of time to seal a deal for his services, with the French club unable to find a suitable replacement for the winger.
An Emirates source was quoted in theDaily Star recently saying:
‘The deal was very close to happening but it couldn’t be done in time.’
‘Negotiating had all but been done but Lille didn’t have a suitable player to come in for Hazard so it fell short.’
‘But Arsene will make it come January.’
Let’s just hope that this deal does in fact ensue in January, as Hazard is seen by many Arsenal fans (including me) as a perfect replacement for Samir Nasri, as well as a top quality player who can make the team much stronger.