This week has seen Leicester City’s reported summer interest in Thorgan Hazard brought back into the light. Foot Mercato reports that Leicester have been interested in the Belgian international recently. Indeed, in the summer, the Foxes were being linked with Eden’s little brother.
TalkSPORT relayed information from Kicker in February that Hazard was on Leicester’s shortlist to replace Riyad Mahrez in the summer, who had been promised a move to Manchester City.
Hazard was valued at around £28 million around the same time, with The Sun suggesting other clubs around Europe were also keen.
In the end, Leicester did not sign the player and it is unclear to what extent they actually pursued him. Instead, James Maddison arrived from Norwich City with Rachid Ghezzal also joining from AS Monaco.
Judging by his current form with Borussia Monchengladbach, Leicester fans will wish the reports had come true.
Hazard has been in outstanding form for his club this season. In nine games he has seven goals and four assists, an incredible return from the winger. In fact, statistical analysis website WhoScored rates him as the Bundesliga’s best player so far this season, ahead of the likes of Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski.
Leicester are very happy with some of their new arrivals. But Hazard might have been the difference between the club finishing higher up the league table.