Lille star Eden Hazard has sparked a Premier League transfer scramble after revealing he will be moving to England in the summer.
A host of clubs have been credited with an interest in the Belgium international, but a report in The Guardian suggested that Manchester United and Manchester City were ahead of the queue – though he has been strongly linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the past.
The Etihad Stadium club sent football development executive Patrick Vieira to watch the 21-year-old on behalf of boss Roberto Mancini in Lille’s 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain, while the Red Devils sent the brother of Old Trafford chief Sir Alex Ferguson, scout Martin Ferguson, to run the rule over the talented playmaker.
"I want to play in England [next season]. That's what I've decided," Hazard told French television after the win.
Hazard has been linked with Premier league clubs for a while with Emirates Stadium, Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane all being suggested as possible destinations.
It has been an impressive season for the young Belgian; he is Lille’s top-scorer in Ligue 1 on 17 goals and has also provided 15 assists so far in the competition.