Arsenal facing uphill battle for Ligue 1 target

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Arsenal target Eden Hazard is most likely staying with French outfit Lille, according to general manager Frederic Paquet.

Arsenal have been connected to Hazard on numerous occasions this season, with Arsene Wenger admitting an interest in the star back in January.

“He is a player that I have followed for some time, but I do not want to destabilise Lille right now,” The Arsenal manager told reporters at the time.


"When he is available for transfer, we will see if there is the possibility to sign him.”

But Paquet has today insisted that Lille will do all they can to keep their prized possession, with the general manager saying Hazard is on the brink of staying with the French club.

"Five of the 10 greatest clubs in Europe are following him, calling and calling again,” Paquet said.

"As any player would in such a situation, he is asking himself some questions.

"There are offers you cannot refuse, but something unreal would be needed. It is senseless to give a number.

"I rate it at 99.99% that he will not leave. We want to keep him."

The admission from the Lille boss will come as a blow to Arsenal, who have always held a very modest transfer policy and may not be willing to spend the money that top European clubs would.

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