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Liverpool suffer blow as 'new Nasri' reveals desire for Arsenal switch

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Teenage sensation Eden Hazard is reportedly eyeing a move to Arsenal after it was revealed the Belgian would like to join the north London club.

The 19-year-old has been consistently linked with a move away from Lille in recent weeks after a string of sensational displays for the French side.

Liverpool and Arsenal are both thought to have been monitoring his progress, but Chelsea and Real Madrid have allegedly now registered their interest, with the former said to have made an official approach.

However, according to a source close the Hazard, the tricky winger would favour a switch to the Gunners.

“For all the interest in him, Chelsea are the only ones who have made an approach," the source told the Daily Mail.

“He has agreed with the president that he will not leave in the January window, but something may well happen at the end of the season.

“Of course, Real Madrid would be an attractive proposition, but Eden really likes Arsenal's style of play under Arsene Wenger.

“There is even something of Sami Nasri about him. He can play on either flank or through the middle, and he has great pace and technique. Arsenal would suit him perfectly.”

Out of the three English clubs vying for Hazard's signature Chelsea certainly have the most financial clout, but Liverpool are expected invest heavily in their squad - particularly in young talent - before Fifa's financial rules are introduced next year.

Valued at around £15 million, a deal for Hazard would represent a significant coup for Liverpool, who are desperate to compete in the transfer market with the biggest clubs in Europe and bring the glory days back to Anfield.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson said of their transfer policy: "If we want the right quality, we have got to be prepared to pay the right price.

"The owners know that perfectly well. We have got to make certain that if we go out and spend £20m, we are getting a £20m player.

"We want to be attracting the players that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter are chasing. It would be nice to think that we can shop at a high level."

The reluctance of Arsenal to spend-big in the transfer window could mean a three-way battle between Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea will break out for Hazard, with the latter seemingly the most likely destination for one of Europe's most exciting young talents.

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