By Adrian Kajumba

ARSENAL last night emerged as contenders to sign Belgian star Eden Hazard.


Hazard wants a summer move to the Premier League and was believed to be choosing between Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

But Lille director Frederic Paquet revealed another club is also in the running for the £32m-rated playmaker – and Starsport understands it is the Gunners.

Boss Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the 21-year-old and has kept tabs on him since his mid-teens.

Wenger is determined to make sure the Gunners are in the hunt. But Arsenal are considered outsiders in the race for Hazard.

The transfer fee won’t be the problem as Wenger had earmarked £30m for Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze before he decided to stay with the German champions.

But meeting Hazard’s wage demands will be a stumbling block. Even Manchester City were stunned by Hazard’s request for £200,000 a week.

Arsenal have pushed the boat out to offer Robin van Persie £130,000 a week in a bid to keep their skipper and hitman.

But Hazard’s agent John Bico has hinted his client’s biggest concern is getting regular football, something Arsenal can guarantee.

Hazard says he will make up his mind after Belgium’s June 2 game with England at Wembley.