After letting the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku leave Stamford Bridge, Chelsea wisely inserted a buy-back clause into the sale of another of their top young stars. However, they only have until the end of the year to trigger the clause
Eden Hazard seems to have rediscovered his golden touch under new manager Antonio Conte, but the Blues may be interested in the exploits of his younger brother Thorgan Hazard in the Bundesliga.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder joined Borussia Monchengladbach from Chelsea in 2015, but the Blues have a buy-back clause in place which allows them to bring Hazard back for €15 million.
German publication Bild have now revealed that the clause only extends till the end of this year, which means that Chelsea have 14 weeks to make a decision on the player. Normally, this would have flown under the radar, but Thorgan has been prolific for Die Borussien in the early days of this season.
Hazard is mostly been used as an alternative to German attacker Andre Hahn, but has now notched up three goals and an assist in three Bundesliga appearances, one of them coming off the bench.
Chelsea already have a power packed midfield, but their recent performance against Liverpool left many fans calling for more squad depth in the midfield. Thorgan Hazard could prove to be an interesting option in this regard.
Although he is primarily an attack-minded midfielder, he has the potential to impress in a box-to-box role. Thorgan is a tough tackler, good at holding on to the ball and his defensive contribution is also top-notch.
The problem here lies in the fact that he is being used as a striker by Borussia Monchengladbach. His responsibilities in the position are a far cry from what is required of a central midfielder, and Chelsea are currently not too desperate to add a striker to their ranks.
Diego Costa has been firing like a machine gun for the Blues in the early days of the season, leading the scoring charts with 5 goals and an assist. His backup Michy Batshuayi has also impressed in a substitute role, opening his Chelsea account with a goal against Watford three weeks ago.