The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

29/05/2012 08:53

Papers: Hazard turns Blue

The Sun's Martin Blackburn writes…

Mancety Blank
Chelsea have won the race to sign Belgian star Eden Hazard in a £32million deal. The Lille flier, 21, had been a top target for Manchester City and United. But last night Hazard tweeted: “I’m joining the European champions.” The capture of Hazard is a clear sign Blues owner Roman Abramovich will continue to pump money in following their glory night in Munich. City were believed to be in pole position to sign one of the hottest young talents in Europe after watching him several times. But they went cool on him as they were concerned about his £170,000-a-week wage demands plus the agent’s fee. Hazard also made it clear he would like to play just off a frontman and City already have title hero Sergio Aguero in that position. That made it a straight shootout between Chelsea and United — and Hazard has chosen the Blues.

In other transfer news, The Daily Star claims United are on the verge of wrapping up a £3million deal for 18-year-old Nick Powell. A deal for the highly-rated Crewe Alexandra starlet could allegedly be wrapped up within the next week.

More: Internationals round-up | Latest transfer speculation

Round Up By Steve Bartram


Premier League