LIVERPOOL are the latest club to join the race to sign Thorgan Hazard from Borussia Monchengladbach, amid continued interest from former side Chelsea.
Liga Financial are reporting that the Reds will do everything possible to bring the Belgium international to Anfield during the January transfer window.
The publication also reveals that the 25-year-old has a release clause of £26million, which makes him one of the best value players in European football.
Hazard – younger brother of Chelsea’s Eden – is contracted to Monchengladbach until 2020 but has continually been linked with leaving the Bundesliga club.
La Liga duo Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have both previously been noted with an interest, while Chelsea continue to monitor their former player.
In three years at Stamford Bridge, Hazard did not make a single senior appearance for the club and was loaned out to Zulte Waregem and Monchengladbach to gain first team experience.
Monchengladbach eventually signed Hazard on a permanent deal for £5.9million in 2015 and he has enjoyed great success, contributing 44 goals and 40 assists in 163 appearances.
This campaign has been a particular success, with 11 goals coming in 16 appearances in all competitions to help Monchengladbach into second in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea have remained interested in Hazard’s progress since he left west London.
But there is some confusion over the existence of a clause in his contract which allows the Blues to re-sign him.
Claims following Hazard’s move to Germany suggested Chelsea inserted a buy-back option in the agreement, which was then said to have expired in 2016.
More recently, it has been reported that Chelsea will have the chance to match any rival bid for Hazard in the event another club submits an offer.
The club have a long history of adding such stipulations to deals involving former players.
Bertrand Traore, Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah were all sold to Lyon, Bournemouth and Watford on the basis that a clause could be triggered to bring him back.