Thursday, 27 October 2011

Top European Clubs Set for Hazard Auction

Liverpool are on red alert after Lille suggested star winger Eden Hazard could be sold to spark a £40m auction next summer. The 20-year-old has caught the attention of club managers across Europe and Kenny Dalglish is one of a number who would be ready to make an offer were he to become available. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with moves for Hazard and he is expected to spark a transfer scramble next summer after Lille coach Rudi Garcia admitted the French champions are already planning for life without him. Garcia said: "We're thinking about it, of course. But it is still a little early at the moment. It would be very hard to replace a player of Eden's calibre. We'll see what we can do, but for the moment we are making the most of his presence here." Lille chairman Michel Seydoux is also readying himself for what is shaping up to be a busy summer for the club in 2012. "If he and we are in agreement with him leaving, I don't know what his price will be at the end of the season," he said. "What is certain is that we will have the means to recruit after he has gone."

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