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Gunners facing Barca battle for Belgian wing wizard

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Arsenal face fresh competition from Barcelona in the race to sign Eden Hazard.

The Lille winger has welcomed interest from the La Liga and European Champions, although admitted he may find it difficult to break into the Catalan club's line-up.

Hazard has been courted by the Gunners for several months now, with manager Arsene Wenger admitting the player is a target for the north London outfit.

"We are following him," said Wenger back in January.

"Personally I think he has real talent and the level needed to play at Arsenal. But in the offensive department we have many players. At the end of the season we'll have a look at the situation."

With relations between the Arsenal and Barcelona fractious following the controversial signings of teenagers Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin at the Emirates, and ensuing transfer battle between the two clubs for Hazard is likely to do little to improve the situation.


 

"Barca? Can I even get into their team? It’s an honour to be linked with the best team in the world but I have nothing else to say," Hazard told El Mundo Deportivo.

"It is great to hear news like that."

The quotes come one month after Hazard admitted that a Ligue 1 exit was likely this summer, saying: "I want to play at a big club. I have no preference."

Whilst the French champions have attempted to stand firm over player transfers this summer, captain Yohan Cabaye left last week and striker Gervinho, another Arsenal target, has claimed that he's bound for England.

With a handful of other Barclays Premier League clubs following the player, Arsenal could look to move quickly and reports earlier in the week claim scouts were once again dispatched from the club to watch Hazard in international action last Friday.

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