Liverpool make 'formal' £20m bid for Arsenal playmaker target

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Liverpool have reportedly stolen a march on Arsenal by tabling a bid for Lille sensation Eden Hazard.

According to The Mirror, the Reds have made a 'formal approach' for the young Belgian, who is valued by his employers at around £20 million.

The 20-year-old has been at his sensational best more often than not this season as Lille chase their first Ligue 1 title since 1954.

Along with Liverpool, Arsenal have also been heavily linked with the attacker, with Arsene Wenger previously commenting that he has been closely monitoring Hazard's progress.

But the Belgium international also has an admirer in Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, who remains hopeful he can bring Hazard to Anfield despite the player recent signing a contract extension.

The Mirror reports that Liverpool believe they can convince Hazard to move to Anfield by promising him regular first team football under Kenny Dalglish.


Arsenal, though, are unlikely to give Liverpool a free run at the young playmaker but the famously frugal Wenger would have to break his transfer record in order to secure a deal.

The highest transfer fee Arsenal have paid to date is the £15 million it took to sign Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg, while reports today suggest the Gunners are looking to recoup most of that by selling the Russian in the summer.

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