Chelsea named in €40m Arsenal winger target chase


Chelsea have been named as one of the teams which could provide a future destination for Arsenal winger target Eden Hazard.

The Belgian international has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, most recently Manchester City, whilst the Gunners are known to have a long-standing interest in the 20-year-old.

However, it's Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas who appears to have a chance of bringing the Lille player to England, whilst Arsene Wenger's pursuit of the player appears dead in the water.

"There is much talk of an offer of €30m (£25m) from Manchester City, which will see him remain at Lille for the next six months. Michel Seydoux is seeking €40m [£33m] though," agent Marc Fourmeux told publication AS.

"His future is in any case destined for a big European club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Chelsea, Manchester City, AC Milan, Inter or Juventus."

Initial reports of Chelsea interest surfaced in The Daily Mail at the end of October, and the Ligue 1 starlet certainly fits the transfer policy currently employed at Stamford Bridge.

AVB has made a clear effort to try and build for the future in west London, signing young players like Oriol Romeu, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku following his summer arrival at Chelsea.

And, with money expected to be at the former Porto manager's disposal in January, the likes of Neymar, Lucas Moura and Kevin de Bruyne have all subsequently been linked with the club.

Hazard joins the list of Chelsea targets for 2012.

As for Arsenal, their interest in Hazard could now be over after Wenger's long-time courtship of the player.

After taking Gervinho from Les Dogues in the summer, there was hope that the Emirates Stadium outfit may have built a relationship that could see Hazard join Arsenal in the near future.

However, that does not appear to be the case following Fourmeux's admission regarding possible future destinations, and Arsenal will now have to look elsewhere as the transfer window draws closer.

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