Eden Hazard: The New Lad to Have Arrived at the European Soccer Tug-of-War
More often than not; the bigger clubs in terms of magnitude from finance, history and fan-following points of view, are the most talent-hungry sides in the world of football. As well, ambitious clubs which are empowered by sudden financial windfalls from takeovers by extra-rich investors are seen in talent-hunts throughout.
No sooner a gifted youngster is spotted anywhere in the world, the wannabe player is ascribed unprecedented value overnight; pursuant to the urgent interest shown from the European giants. In addition, the first official bid for the prodigious starlet from any club is most likely to fail. And probably, that has to be attributed to the smartness of the current club holding the rights to the player; the first failed bid only means the price-tag of the player skyrocketing.
It goes without saying that a genuine talent stands to serve the cause of any side; fans are used to watching the biggest clubs winning and dominating while ambitiously emerging clubs are more than keen to stamp their coming-of-age. All the clubs vying to lay their hands on a sought-after talent might have their own other-agendas though.
On the other side, the trend characterized by a decorated talent pursued by more than one potent club at the same time which makes talent acquisition all the more competitive and difficult, must be testimony to the fact that more than the winding road to the top, the toughest challenge is staying there at the top; more so, giving it a different twist with regard to the lesser clubs with fewer chances of triumph, having to fight it out with the strongest.
Getting to the point; the latest on the tug-of-war club transfer market scene happens to be Ligue 1 club Lille’s £40 million-rated youngster Eden Hazard. From among the clubs in hot pursuit of the 20-year-old playmaker, Chelsea are known to be the closest at this point who stand to secure the services of the youngster; things change quickly in football though. The other giants who are treading upon the heels of the English club include Real Madrid and Barcelona from Spain; Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City from England, and then Italy’s Inter Milan who are “very interested” in Hazard. Interestingly, Arsenal already had a bid rejected for Lille’s prized possession during the summer transfer window.