Secret second motive sees Leicester ‘very likely’ to pursue Hazard transfer


Leicester have been described as ‘very likely’ to move for Thorgan Hazard this summer after a report claimed there is a second incentive.

Leicester appear on course to secure Champions League football for the second time in their history. The Foxes hold a four-point gap to fifth-placed Liverpool having played one game fewer. Achieving the feat would open up new possibilities in the transfer market.

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The riches Europe’s elite club competition would bring, combined with the prestige will make Leicester a more attractive prospect.

A busy summer window is to be expected if a top four place is secured. A key objective would be to improve the club’s strength in depth to help sustain challenges on multiple fronts.

Eurosport state that one position that will require immediate attention is in the wide forwards.

On-loan attacker Cengiz Under will reportedly not be kept beyond his current spell. Brendan Rodgers was left unconvinced by the Turkish international earlier in the season.

As such, reinforcements will be required and the publication state that an approach for Borussia Dortmund winger Thorgan Hazard will be ‘very likely’ – providing Champions League qualification is secured.

Hazard, 28, has become a lively and dependable performer in the Bundesliga since departing Chelsea for good in 2015.

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A four-year stint with Borussia Monchengladbach produced a £34.6m move to Dortmund in 2019. Since then, he has had to compete with global superstars Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus.

Sancho’s future remains a constant source of rumour and Erling Haaland has been linked with a high-profile exit. Unsurprisingly, Dortmund are described as being reluctant to part ways with Hazard.

However, a second motive could stiffen Leicester’s resolve to push through a move.


Leicester’s Belgian connection key


The report adds that the arrival of another Belgian could be key to convincing Youri Tielemans to remain with Leicester.

The midfielder has become a key cog in Rodgers’ midfield, though his exploits have attracted the attentions of Man Utd and Liverpool.

Signing Hazard would go some way to keeping Tielemans happy and increasing the chances of a new contract being signed.

Man Utd’s on-loan winger Jesse Lingard is touted as a possible alternative. Though competition would likely be fierce from West Ham.

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