Eden Hazard is a great talent, but Arsenal have no business purchasing him.
Hazard is one of the best young talents in the world, but the Gunners don't need to spend the money on him. He simply costs too much, and the Gunners have more pressing needs.
According to the Mail Online, Lille have put a £43 million price tag on him.
That's an absurd amount to pay for a 21-year-old. Sure, he is fast, skillful and dangerous. Nevertheless, I don't see how he is worth so much money.
As time passes, transfer prices will continue to grow. That's understandable. That doesn't mean Hazard is worth that much money.
He was the 2010-11 Ligue 1 Player of the Year, but Ligue 1 isn't quite on the same level as the English Premier League. I don't doubt that he would be a very good player in one of the two best leagues (EPL or La Liga), but he wouldn't have an instant impact.
Arsene Wenger is known for buying players young and bringing them through his system into EPL stardom. After losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri this summer, it appears that he wants to ditch his normal philosophy.
Yes, the Gunners took a hit this summer, but they are doing fine. They are currently fifth in the league, and they have a good chance to qualify for the Champions League. They don't need to panic and throw tons of money at a kid.
Should the Gunners purchase Eden Hazard?
Wenger is a mastermind, and with Robin Van Persie playing like he is, the Gunners don't need to worry about more attacking players.
That's the main reason they shouldn't purchase Hazard. The Gunners need help in the back line, not in the attack.
Obviously, anyone could use a talent like Hazard, but the Gunners need a centre-back. They need to have more depth heading into the busy spring.
Hazard is a luxury for the Gunners. In fact, he's a luxury they can't afford.
The Gunners aren't getting good value for him if they pay £43 million. In addition, they are stretching away from their management style, showing that they are a little desperate for talent. Finally, Hazard doesn't fit the biggest need.
While the Gunners would love to add Hazard, he simply doesn't make sense for them.