Reports emerged at the end of last week that Manchester City football club have taken their primary summer transfer prospect Eden Hazard on a tour of the Manchester property market to stop him defecting to their arch-rivals Manchester United.
Man City are very keen to add the 21-year-old Lille player to their front line next summer season, and have been courting Hazard since March. Man Utd and Spurs are also after the Belgian footballer, and City is hoping to gain the edge over them by taking him on a trip around the Manchester property scene – including luxury properties in the greater Manchester and Cheshire areas – and inviting him to let them know which homes appeal to him.
Last Monday he was at Manchester's Etihad stadium to see City beat United 1-0, and the Daily Mail reported that after spending the night in the city, he was taken to view houses in Alderley Edge and Prestbury.
Hazard currently pulls in £30 million playing for Lille, and the potential salary consequences of a move to Man City, not to mention the added expense of buying him a home from the top end of the Manchester property market, is causing complications, with some board members reportedly unsure about his relative lack of experience.