Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Complete Deal for Eden Hazard

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02:  Eden Hazard of Belgium in action during the international friendly match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Eden Hazard told the world he was "signing for the Champions League winner" via Twitter about a week ago, but Chelsea have finally made the move official today.

According to the club's Web site, the West London outfit has agreed to terms with Lille on a transfer for the 21-year-old Belgian playmaker:

The 21-year-old Belgian international has agreed personal terms with the club and today passed a medical examination. He will join the club in July when the players return for pre-season training.

A two-time Ligue 1 Player of the Year in France, Hazard was arguably the most sought-after player on the international market after his breakout goalscoring performance in France this past season.

Clubs have been eying the speedy winger for some time now, but Chelsea swooped in late on the momentum of a European championship and snatched him away from the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Blues, who still haven't agreed to terms with a new manager for next season, are in the market for a few new playmakers due to the departures of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou. 

Hazard is expected to make an immediate impact in a midfield that includes Frank Lampard, Ramires, Raul Meireles, Juan Mata, Florent Malouda and newly-signed Marko Marin. 

The Daily Mail reports the Blues are closing in on Porto star and Brazilian international Hulk to help replace Drogba up on top of the formation.

With Hazard's move official, and Hulk in tow, the Blues should be able to overcome the loss of the Chelsea legend rather seamlessly.

In time, this will be one heck of a dangerous ball club.