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Chelsea forward Hazard is primed to play against Manchester United on Saturday, where he will be aiming to fire the Blues to a crucial victory at Stamford Bridge.
However, the Belgium international came very close to lining up for the Red Devils six years ago instead.
Back in 2012, before his Chelsea move, Hazard was high in demand.
The winger had impressed in Ligue 1 with Lille, striking up a good relationship with former Blues ace Joe Cole along the way, prompting interest from Europe’s elite.
And ESPN claim Sir Alex Ferguson was among his admirers.
It is claimed that the Scot tried to convince the player to move by citing the development of Ronaldo.
Ferguson signed Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon as a teenager in the summer of 2003.
He arrived with a petulance for theatrics and silver boots. Quite an entrance.
But he left in 2009 as the finished product, joining Real Madrid following 118 goals in six seasons – and three Premier League titles to his name.
ESPN claim Ferguson told Hazard he would be able to see him down the same path as Ronaldo.
Yet, despite that, the player chose to join Chelsea instead of Manchester United.
The west London giants had to fork out £32million to get a deal done, a fee that was later criticised by Ferguson.
The United legend said: “There is a borderline in terms of what you would think is a good signing for United.
“I see some values on players, like Hazard for instance.
“To me it was a lot of money. He’s a good player, but £34m?
“What we’re finding anyway, the climate for buying these top players – not just the transfer fees, the salaries, agents’ fees – is just getting ridiculous now.
“In the Hazard deal, Chelsea paid the agent £6m. The (Samir) Nasri situation was the same.
“It’s all about what you think is value for a player.
“I am not envious of those deals at all. We placed a value on Hazard which was well below what they were talking about.”