Nasri exit to hasten Arsenal move for £20m Belgian - reports

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With Samir Nasri reportedly set to join Manchester City in the coming days, Arsenal are already plotting a move for his replacement, it has been claimed.

According to Metro, the north Londoners will use the £23 million made from the sale of Nasri to fund a move for Lille playmaker Eden Hazard, who is recognised as one of the top emerging talents in Europe.

Hazard has long been on the radar of Arsene Wenger, with the Arsenal boss having previously been outed as an admirer of the 20-year-old Belgian.

However, should Arsenal formalise their interest in Hazard, they will certainly have their work cut out in their quest to bring him to the Emirates Stadium, after the youngster recently penned a new contract until 2015.


It is alleged that Arsenal value Hazard at around £20 million, but Lille would certainly be in a strong bargaining position after tying the attacker down for another four years.

It would also appear unlikely Lille would consider selling their prized-asset as the French club retain ambitions to add more silverware to their domestic double last season.

The Ligue 1 champions have already sold Gervinho - one of their star performers last term - to Arsenal for a fee in the region of £11 million.

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