Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that he once tried to sign Chelsea’s £32 million man Eden Hazard when he was at Lille, according to The Telegraph.
Despite interest from Wenger and Arsenal, the Frenchman admits that he withdrew a bid once he realised that the financial superpowers of Chelsea and Manchester City were also looking at the 21-year-old.
Nevertheless, the Gunners boss admits that there was a time when he was confident of luring Hazard to the Emirates, “Yes. The transfer price was fixed, because he had a clause, so everybody was at the same level.”
Ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea tomorrow, Wenger was full of praise for the Belgian international, “He has been voted best player of the French league two consecutive years. You need some quality to do that at his age. I’m not surprised if he goes at all to Chelsea, and straight away is one of their stars because everybody knew about him.”
Despite a pleasing end of year financial report that was released yesterday, Wenger still accepts that Arsenal still cannot compete with club’s who have an incredible amount of investment, “Let’s not forget that all the big budgets were after him. We are not scared to spend the money, but we feel that if we spend our money, with some clubs we can’t compete with certain players.”