Come and get me: Hazard gives green light to Man United and Chelsea
Chelsea and Manchester United have
been given a major boost in their pursuit of Eden Hazard after he let it
be known he would be interested in a move to the Barclays Premier
Lille's attacking midfielder, 21
last week, was refusing to look beyond Real Madrid for a summer move
away from the French champions, according to recent reports.
On the move: Lille's midfielder Eden Hazard open to Premier League option
But not only would he be receptive to an offer from Chelsea or United, he could even be prised away during the current transfer window, despite his club insisting he will not be allowed to leave until the end of the season.
Hazard's agent John Bico, who confirmed Chelsea were considering a 25million bid for a player with a 33million release clause, told Sportsmail: 'Eden's career has been built on a patient philosophy of developing, year by year, and his ambition today is to try and make Lille champions for a second successive season.
'But he is a professional, and the club is a company. Sometimes clubs have to deal with the reality of the market, and Eden will go along with whatever Lille decide.'
Sportsmail understands Barcelona are ready to go head-to-head with fierce rivals Real for Hazard after registering an interest in one of Europe's hottest prospects.
But a source close to the player claimed it was by no means a straight fight between La Liga's big two for his signature.
'England isn't exactly a million miles away, so it wouldn't be any great upheaval,' he said.
'It all depends on the project put to Eden and the ambition he senses from whoever he is talking to. Real like him, and he likes them but, as with any player, he would view Manchester United as an great opportunity.
'If Roman Abramovich really is providing funds to take Chelsea back to the top again, then they would be interesting, as well. He would consider that, for sure.'