Europe’s hottest prospect, Eden Hazard, delivered a teasing message to the world today by claiming he has made a decision on his future. The Lille winger is being pursued by several of Europe’s top clubs and recently narrowed down his options to England, telling Belgium news websites HLN: “It will anyway be Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea.” This left a huge question mark over which English money-machine will land the Frenchman’s services, however an announcement today on Hazard’s Twitter page suggested his future will be revealed soon.
“Good afternoon guys. i made up my mind. see you later. thanks”, was the message published for all of his Twitter followers to see.
Reports from the English media, including the Telegraph, are inclining towards Chelsea being the favourites. Recent rejuvenation, Champions League triumph, and first team opportunties make Chelsea an attractive proposition for Hazard, 21, who has made clear his decision will be based on the position he would play and the amount of time he would get on the field.
After Alex Ferguson flew out to watch the German cup final there was much speculation about who he was interested in seeing, with the widely held view being that it was Borussia Dortmund’s23 year old playmaker Shinji Kagawa. The Daily Mail has today reported that this interest has manifested itself in the form of a £13 million bid (the midfielder is about to enter the final year of his contract hence the relative cheapness of the deal).
Kagawa has recently rejected a new deal from Dortmund, adding further fuel to the rumours that he is on the move this summer, and he would certainly provide strength in the area that Manchester United require. He managed an impressive 13 goals and 11 assists in 31 this season, and at such a young age he is only likely to improve.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has approached Everton intent on brokering a deal for England left-back Leighton Baines.
The 27-year-old will shortly travel to Euro 2012 has emerged as one of David Moyes’ most influential signings and it is common knowledge that he has attracted interest from Manchester United in recent times though it remains to be seen if this move will have an impact on current United left-back Patrice Evra’s position within the squad.
The Mirror report that the deal is in the region of £12million and its thought that Bill Kenwright may be willing to sell in order to give David Moyes money to strengthen the Everton squad.