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Manchester City Need To Offer Argentine Ace To Land Belgian Maestro From Chelsea: Should Pep Do It?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Manchester City. The Citizens are ready to pay a massive amount of £150 million for the winger. It seems to have hit City hard by missing out on Alexis Sanchez and they are ready to correct their mistakes by bringing in Hazard. The Belgium National Team captain joined the Blues back in the summer of 2012. In his five year spell at the club, Chelsea has seen the worst and the best of Hazard and interestingly the form of the club has reflected the form of the player, such is the importance of the winger in the team.

On the day when Hazard plays, he is on par with the best in the world and cannot be touched let alone caught on the field. He dances and dazzles his way through and weaves a wave of magic on the pitch on his way to goal leaving fans and players mesmerized. However, such days are short in number and inconsistency is perhaps the only complaint any manager can have with the player.

Hazard is most dangerous when he has the ball on his feet and teammates rallying around him. Developments of different managerial patterns in the existing game would then suggest that the best place for Hazard right now would be Etihad where a certain Pep Guardiola is deploying another master class of attacking display to win the league title. Guardiola known for his attacking prowess as a manager and the habit of playing teams who can hold on to the ball for weeks at a time would be a perfect mentor for Hazard to realize his true potential and turn on his best game for the world to see.

However, there are two problems with this deal. One is that Chelsea are demanding Sergio Aguero in case City want to take away Hazard. The prolific Argentine forward has always been a lethal player. Ever since his Atletico Madrid days, he has been tipped to become one of the best strikers in world football. Short in stature but immensely daft on the ball, Aguero is immensely hard to tie down when running towards goal.

He also has enough strength and pace to not only survive but also thrive in the tackle-loving English league. Add to this his habit of scoring almost every time he turns up on the pitch, Aguero is a daunting prospect to deal with. However, the one snag that never let Aguero achieve his true potential is the player’s injury problems. He is still City’s record goalscorer and Guardiola will not want to lose his main man especially with Gabriel Jesus still in the learning curve.

The second problem would be for Hazard who may see the chance to flourish under Pep’s tutelage as tempting but he would be wise to decline the offer. The reason for this is that at Manchester the main problem would be the case of too many cooks. City already have an array of attackers and it would be almost impossible for them to draft another world-class player into their squad without adding an extra bench for their substitutes.

Hazard gets regular time at Chelsea and it would be a step down for a player of his calibre to move to any team where he would have to share his time on the pitch especially when he is at the prime of his career. Moreover, it is highly unbelievable that Antonio Conte would ever allow his best player to switch clubs to join a direct rival. No matter how good a dribbler Hazard is, he will not be able to weave his magic past the Italian Don.

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