Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could be considering a summer move for Eden Hazard after admitting his admiration of the Lille star.
The £30million-rated Belgian playmaker has long been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea and he recently admitted he would relish an eventual move to the Premier League.
Chelsea appear to be paying closest attention to Hazard after scouts watched the playmaker a remarkable 20 times in the last 18 months, but City could be prepared to battle for a deal.
Mancini has confirmed his interest in the 21-year-old, who has also been linked with Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain, and is aware of his potential.
"Hazard has an enormous level of talent and is able to play at the maximum level," the City boss is quoted as telling Le 10 Sport
"But we know there is interest from the big European clubs and any deal will not be easy."
French scout Guy Hillion has no doubts Hazard could succeed in England, as he said: "I was at the Lille-St Etienne match and the player has interested Chelsea since Frank Arnesen was at the club.
"Personally, my reports have been excellent and I do think he can succeed in the Premier League."