Premier League's elite receive boost in pursuit of 'next Eden Hazard'

Zakaria Bakkali

Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have all been credited with an interest in Zakaria Bakkali.

The chances of PSV Eindhoven's youngster coming to the Premier League in the not too distant future may have just increased significantly, as the Dutch club have reportedly ceased all talks of a new contract.

This latest news may come as a surprise as only two weeks ago Eindhoven's sporting director Marcel Brands revealed that Bakkali had agreed to extend his stay with the Eredivisie outfit.

But now Brands has revealed that outside influences have led to talks with the 18-year-old completely breaking down. 

Brands said: "Of course it's bad for the club."

"But I think it's actually worse for the player himself. It is a shame that a young player with talent does not choose the right path."

"People might think I am naive but I don't blame the guy or his father."

"The problem is that Zakaria is getting influenced by everything and everyone around him."

Regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Europe, Bakkali has been at the centre of constant transfer speculation ever since he broke onto the scene as the youngest player to ever score a Eredivisie hat-trick at just 17-years-old.

Since then, the man dubbed the 'next Eden Hazard' for his dazzling dribbling skills and lethal long shot hasn't progressed as many had thought. After his draw dropping start to last season the Belgian under-21 international failed to add to his goal tally and only ended up making 16 appearances in the league, which led many to think the hype had gone to his head.

This season he has begun the campaign in PSV's reserve side Jong PSV, and his Dutch team-mate Memphis Depay has become the player that everyone is talking about. 

With only one-year remaining on the 5ft 4 winger's contract at PSV, he would be free to leave next June with his club receiving on a small fraction of the fee they would have had they sold him this summer.

Should the four clubs mentioned hold a real interest in the wide-player than you can be sure to expect quite a battle for his services next year.

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