Liverpool is reportedly interested in signing Thorgan Hazard as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane, although Borussia Dortmund is also quite keen on picking up the tab.
Max Eberl, Chairman of Gladbach, has confirmed that the Belgian will not sign a new contract with the club. Speaking to Sky Germany, Eberl seemed dismayed at the prospect of losing another first-team talent:
“I’ve heard this statement 15 times in the last 10 years as really great players have left us.
“That’s the way it is for us. We’ll have to see where his path will continue.”
Although rumours link the player with a move away from the Bundesliga, Hazard fancies himself in the yellow and black of Dortmund. The player and club are at loggerheads over the destination of his transfer. Gladbach prefers Hazard move abroad instead of beefing up a league rival.
Liverpool’s interest is further stoked by Real Madrid courting Sadio Mane. Zidane holds the Senegalese international in the highest regard and his qualities seem a good fit at the Bernabeu. The Spanish giants have struggled since Ronaldo’s departure and Mane’s ability to provide goals from wide areas makes him a potential target for the Los Blancos.
According to Talksport, the Merseyside club had reportedly bid in excess of £36 million for Hazard and are willing to stump up more cash to outbid Dortmund. However, the player himself isn’t quite sure of his future club and has said as much:
“I don’t know whether it will be at BVB, who are constantly being mentioned, or at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool or another club.”
Thorgen, younger brother of Chelsea lynchpin Eden, struck a deal with Chelsea in 2012 and was subsequently added to Chelsea’s wide network of loanees. After a spell at Dutch club, Zulte Waregem, Hazard was shafted out to Gladbach on a loan deal which was later made permanent.
FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 3.5/5; Favre’s Dortmund Jazz Band might hit the right notes with Hazard, but it’s Klopp’s fist-pumping Anfield metal that is making all the noises. Liverpool can very well outspend Dortmund but the realpolitik is between Hazard and Gladbach’s board. A certainty to leave but one can’t be too sure of his destination.