London club Arsenal reportedly are ready to make a massive offer for French Ligue 1 side Lille's pair of Eden Hazard and Moussa Sow as boss Arsene Wenger plans to bolster the squad at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are even prepared to offer a total of £40 million for the players and hopes that it will be enough to convince the Ligue 1 side.
Wenger has been monitoring Belgian Hazard, who has expressed his desire to leave Lille at the end of the current season, for some time now. Lille boss Rudi Garcia, who will not be animated by the prospect of losing one of his most prized possessions, will know that he stands little chance to convince Hazard to stay back at the Stade Metropole as he has also lost the likes of Gervinho and Yohan Cabaye previously.
The Gunners boss sees Hazard, 20, as a possible replacement from Frenchman Samir Nasri who left the Emirates Stadium last summer to join Manchester City. Hazard, previously, was also named as the Ligue 1 player of the season last year after helping Lille to their first domestic title in over 50 years.
The prospect of Senegalese international Moussa Sow, who can be an effective attacking option up front, has also excited Wenger who knows that Sow can provide assistance to skipper Robin van Persie and can also take the goal scoring burden from the Dutchman. Sow, 25, who was named Ligue 1 top scorer last term, has also interested the likes of Tottenham, PSG and Valencia.
Lille's only chance to hold on to both the players is by qualifying for the Champions League at least, if not retain the Ligue 1 title. The team is currently positioned at the third place - five behind surprise package Montpellier and two behind cash-rich PSG, according to a Caughtoffside report.