Manchester City are emerging as favourites for Lille star Eden Hazard. The Daily Mail says City have given top summer transfer target Hazard a tour of the property market in the north-west as they look to keep him out of the clutches of neighbours Manchester United.

Staff from City have given the young Belgian a tour of the Cheshire commuter belt as they try to get one over on rivals United, who are also in the race - along with Spurs - for Hazard's signature.

Hazard was at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night as City beat United 1-0 to go top of the Premier League and it is understood that he spent the night in Manchester before he was taken to the swanky enclaves of Alderley Edge and Prestbury to look at houses.