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The Belgian starlet has attracted the attention of Europe's finest including Arsenal and Real Madrid and Hazard has now made it clear that he wishes to leave Lille in the summer.
Chelsea have let too many wunderkinds slip from their grasp, from Sergio Aguero to Phil Jones, and they cannot let the same thing happen with this precocious talent.
Hazard is a creative genius and has been touted as a player capable of becoming the best in the world at what he does.
The Belgian playmaker could be the long-term replacement for Frank Lampard in terms of goal scoring from midfield.
He has sensational ball skills, perfect close control and an eye for goal that is uncanny.
Fernando Torres needs someone to create chances for him to feed on, and Hazard could be effectively employed in the deep-lying center forward role made famous by Gianfranco Zola.
At the tender age of 21, Hazard has hinted at a summer move to Tottenham but this is a situation where Chelsea need to wield their financial clout and beat their North London rivals to the punch.
Hazard is the future of European football and would fit in very nicely at Stamford Bridge, whatever the price tag.