Chelsea transfer target: Eden Hazard

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Lille playmaker Eden Hazard is seemingly on the cusp of superstardom as a big-money move to one of Europe's premier clubs - either now or in the summer - awaits him.

The 21-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be keen admirers of Hazard's talents.

But, according to reports in France, it is Chelsea who are making the early running for the Belgian's signature, and a £40 million summer bid has been mooted.

With this in mind, GMF runs the rule over the fleet-footed youngster and highlights what he could bring to Stamford Bridge...


Hazard is often employed as an attacking midfielder, whereby he operates centrally, but flourishes when playing on the right of a 4-3-3 formation.

This, of course, is the favoured formation of Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who likes to use two pacey and creative players either side of a more robust centre-forward.

Speed and invention are two attributes Hazard has in abundance, and he would surely slot seamlessly into Chelsea's current system.

The potential acquisition of Hazard could also allow Juan Mata to have a greater impact, playing through the middle - where he is at his best - more regularly.

At present, Mata is ofter required to play on one side of either Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres and, although he is highly-skilled in this role, the Spaniard is even more effective when deployed behind the striker.

Meanwhile, Hazard's ability to find the net - as well as provide goals for others - is improving all the time. He has scored seven times in 19 league appearances this season, and registered six assists.


It is difficult to highlight too many negatives when assessing one of the finest young prospects to have emerged in the last few years.

However, it can be said that an investment in excess of £30 million on a player with no experience in one of Europe's biggest leagues would be viewed as a slight risk.

And, should Chelsea attempt to sign Hazard during the January transfer window, then the Belgium international would be ineligible for the Champions League.


Hazard would be an ideal signing for Villas-Boas' Chelsea, and his capture would represent arguably the west Londons club's greatest transfer coups.

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