Manchester City are preparing to enter the race to sign Chelsea's struggling star Eden Hazard if he decides to quit west London, reports The Sun.
The Citizens are preparing to spend a huge amount of money in the summer transfer window in an attempt to establish themselves as the best club in both the Premier League and Europe.
They have already set their sights on manager Pep Guardiola, who is expected to take over from Manuel Pellegrini when his contract with Bayern Munich ends.
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The Spaniard's ideal signing would be Barcelona's Lionel Messi, but Hazard is being considered as a potential alternative if the four-time – five, by Tuesday – Ballon d'Or winner decides not to leave Catalonia.
It seems clear that Hazard has grown tired of life at Stamford Bridge. There was hope that the departure of Jose Mourinho would convince the reigning PFA Player of the Year to stay, but his demeanour has remained just as negative under Guus Hiddink.
If he makes his desire to leave clear, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and even Manchester United are reportedly ready to make significant offers to bag his signature.
Zinedine Zidane's Madrid would be favourites in the three-way race, but Manchester City's interest could represent a significant problem. Chelsea would not consider anything under £80m, which only a select few clubs could afford.
Kevin De Brunye shares a close relationship with Hazard and will play a key role in convincing his international team-mate to move to the Etihad. Vincent Kompany, the captain of both City and Belgium, will also have words.
Hazard scored 19 goals last season, helping Chelsea to their fourth Premier League title, but he is still waiting for his first goal in the current campaign and has appeared discontent at times.
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