The transfer saga surrounding Eden Hazard will come to an end Wednesday night when the transfer window slams shut in England, but the destination of the Belgian international remains unclear.
A Ligue 1 stay appears to be the most likely outcome for the 20-year-old playmaker with less than 36 hours remaining in the summer market, and the player himself has stated he's happy to stay in Ligue 1.
"We have recruited well and we have some quality players here. I hope we will have an even better season than last year. Anyway, I enjoy it here. The rumours must stop. I am here,” said the player.
However, a source close to the club told Goal.com that if a club can match the ambitions of the player, notably playing in the Champions League, then a move could still be on the cards, with Arsenal still thought to be considering a move for the £26m-rated player.
“Eden has said all along that he won’t leave until next year unless the right opportunity comes along. It would need to be a club who can match his ambitions but they are running out of time to get him,” said the source.
An additional twist appears to be on the cards currently, with reports from a variety of British sources claiming English midfielder Joe Cole is close to agreeing a deal with the French champions.
Cole, a player similar to Hazard in-terms of style, could potentially be seen as a replacement for the 20-cap international, although it's far from clear if this is the thought process behind the move.
Arsenal will have to move quickly if they wish to persuade the player away from the Stade Lille-Metropole, where the youngster has impressed since making his senior debut in 2007.
The Gunners are known to be in the market for a handful of players, with Arsene Wenger particularly looking to strengthen his defensive and midfield options at the Emirates in the next 36 hours.
Following the weekend's 8-2 demolition at Old Trafford, the north Londoners now know the extent of the changes needed to compete at the top of the Barclays Premier League this season, and the Arsenal boss will be working overtime to add bodies to his squad.