If you're already looking for a potential transfer saga ahead of next summer, look no further than the furore being created by Eden Hazard.

The Lille winger declared last year that he would leave French football at the end of the season, sparking a frenzy of speculation as to where his future lies.

Anyone who's anyone has reported shown an interest in Hazard in the past six months, however, with as many as ten clubs in contention, deciphering where the Belgian may be moving is a tough ask.

As a result, GMF have accessed those who are jostling to sign the 21-year-old, and where he may eventually end up.
 

Arsenal


How serious is their interest?
In the past 12 months both manager Arsene Wenger and summer signing Gervinho, formerly of Lille, have both declared their interest in seeing Hazard join The Gunners in the near future. Their reported interest has been the most persistent.

How great is their need?
Arsenal's 4-3-3 formation mirrors that of Lille, which sees Hazard feature on the left of a front three. His preferred role would suit the club's needs, with Andrey Arshavin's form yet to match the expectations his transfer fee sparked and Theo Walcott deemed as the first-choice on the right. Striker Robin Van Persie would appreciate the assistance.

Verdict
While he mightn't be leaving France's biggest club, Hazard is unlikely to leave for a club not playing Champions League football. A top four finish could secure his move to The Emirates Stadium.
 

Barcelona


How serious is their interest?
The Catalans interest goes no further than newspaper reports, but Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo did quote the winger last summer claiming he was impressed by Barca's reported advances.

Do they need him?
Only last summer did Barcelona bring in Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez, a player very much in the mould of Hazard, for a combined €55 million. With David Villa's departure nothing more than a rumour and with much expected of 20-year-old Isaac Cuenca, outlandish spending appears unnecessary.

Verdict
Have the finances and the credentials to match Hazard's ambitions, but where he fits in, amid the Barca superstars, is uncertain.
 

Chelsea


How serious is their interest?
The Blues have gone from outsiders to the new favourites to sign Hazard in recent weeks. Reports had suggested the club had all but agreed terms with Lille to sign Hazard in the current window, despite promises he would stay until the end of the season. Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed claims of a possible deal, but he did similar a mere 24 hours before snapping up Juan Mata.

Do they need him?
Only when the club rid themselves of their dead wood will the signing of Hazard become more of a priority. Belief that Hazard could bring the best out of Fernando Torres makes him tempting, but Champions League football will again be a deciding factor.

Verdict
The favourites in this window, but Hazard should keep to his promise of not leaving before the end of the season. Come the summer, likely to be outmuscled.
 

Inter Milan


How serious is their interest?
Inter president Massimo Moratti was quick to praise Hazard upon revelations he was set to leave Lille last year. Hazard has since admitted he was flattered by the interest.

How great is their need?
Claudio Ranieri's revitalised Inter lack a genuine wide threat and in Hazard, their young squad, with an average age of 24, would thrive on his service. Completing the club's turn around and qualifying for the Champions League would be a significant step.

Verdict
Deals involving the likes of Carlos Tevez and even Wesley Sneijder might dictate the funds available.
 

Liverpool


How serious is their interest?
Continually linked with Hazard in the newspapers, rumours surrounding a deal for the winger swelled when Joe Cole moved to Lille on loan until the end of the season. With the French champions keen to retain Cole beyond this season, The Reds could use the England international as a bargaining chip, something they have over all their rivals.

How great is their need?
Stewart Downing has yet to have the desired impact since joining Liverpool from Aston Villa in the summer and alternatives in the squad are few and far between. The winger was meant to supply the bullets for Andy Carroll, something Hazard would be more than equipped to do.

Verdict
After spending over £100 million over the past year, Kenny Dalglish is expected to be frugal in the coming months. A significant exit would be the only precursor to a Hazard bid.
 

Manchester City


How serious is their interest?
A representative of Hazard, Marc Formeaux, said during the back end of the year that City were interested in him, but Roberto Mancini has refuted suggestions of such a move. The club certainly have the cash to match Lille's asking price, and will surely have Champions League football to offer.

How great is their need?
Regardless of whether City win the Premier League title this season or not, Mancini, coupled will previous statements about the squad's strength, will see the club's early Champions League exit as a sign improvements need to be made. City's style of play, and squad make up, means they put little onus on wingers, with Adam Johnson the only out-and-out wide-man at the Etihad Stadium.

Verdict
If they are to strengthen in the summer, expect defensive areas to be the priority.


Manchester United


How serious is their interest?
United have yet to confirm their interest, but in an effort to increase his market value, the player's agent, John Bico, said his client would view a move to United as a great opportunity.

How great is their need?
Having signed Ashley Young during the summer, warned off interest in Nani and seen Antonio Valencia return to his very best form, United appear well stocked in the winger department. A creative midfielder is likely to be Sir Alex Ferguson's priority.

Verdict
A reluctance to go into bidding wars with rival clubs, and with targets elsewhere, United are expected to play second fiddle.
 

Paris St Germain


How serious is their interest?
Not very. Reports last year of a €50 million bid were laughed off by Lille boss Rudi Garcia, while Hazard's own claims that he wants to leave Ligue 1 entirely make PSG's task a tough one.

How great is their need?
Having crashed out of the Europa League at the group stage, Carlo Ancelotti has work to do to turn his table toppers into a genuine force come a potential season in the Champions League. Links with Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov, coupled with the €39.8 million addition of Javier Pastore last summer, proves the club's ambition.

Verdict
The funds are certainly available, but Hazard's ambitions extends beyond Ligue 1.
 

Real Madrid


How serious is their interest?
Director Zinedine Zidane has reportedly urged Jose Mourinho to sign Hazard, while representative Formeaux confirmed in December that Madrid was his preferred choice.

How great is their need?
Having scored 63 goals in 18 games this term, and 102 in the whole of last season in La Liga, clearly attacking isn't an issue for Madrid, however despite their resources, they're unlikely to let a player of Hazard's talent pass them by. A possible, albeit unlikely, exit of Cristiano Ronaldo would prompt a genuine bid.

Verdict
Will start as favourites next summer.
 

Tottenham Hotspur


How serious is their interest?
While Harry Redknapp was taking a look at Loic Remy last weekend, reports suggested he was also keeping an eye on Hazard's performance. If he has any doubts of the club's progression, a top three finish should be enough to convince him.

How great is their need?
Finding space for him in a front six that has been integral in propelling Spurs into the title race might be a tough ask for Redknapp. The injury prone Aaron Lennon is the obvious candidate to drop down.

Verdict
Hazard will seek assurances recent success can be sustained. Likely to be drawn elsewhere.

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