Liverpool Transfer News: Thorgan Hazard Loan Would Be Smart Deal for Reds

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

Wigan Athletic James McClean, left, tackles Zulte-Waregem's Thorgan Hazard, during the Europa League group stages in group D, at the Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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Thorgan Hazard will get the chance to remain in the Premier League next season, but it may not be with parent club Chelsea after Liverpool emerged as contenders to take his services on loan.

According to the Daily Mail's Simon Jones, the Blues are considering the option of loaning out the attacking midfielder again next season, with the Reds interested in cutting a deal, along with Everton and Schalke.

Meanwhile, Metro's Jamie Sanderson cites Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws when reporting that Brendan Rodgers is alleged to be favourable of a permanent switch instead. HLN quote Hazard's father Thierry in saying of his summer prospects:

"We will quietly look at the all offers and see which one Thorgan is most comfortable with."

Chelsea may not be so willing to relinquish the talents of Eden's younger brother, however, considering he was this week named Belgian Jupiler Pro League Player of the Year for his work while farmed out at Zulte Waregem, per Kristof Terreur of HLN:

If the 21-year-old has the potential to become a star on par with his older sibling, Jose Mourinho may be more inclined to keep the playmaker in-house as opposed to sending him out again next season.

That being said, a loan deal would represent perhaps the most savvy option for Liverpool and Chelsea. The Blues would benefit from their player receiving Premier League playing time, while the Merseyside outfit would get a young, up-and-coming riser from the burgeoning Belgian ranks.

OptaJoe's Ryan Keaney disagrees, however, and he evidently doesn't rate the youngster as highly as others:

The last time Liverpool came to Stamford Bridge for a temporary signing, it didn't go quite to plan. Victor Moses made just six Premier League starts for his temporary outfit this season, per Transfermarkt, but Hazard can thrive where he did not.

With Moses now back in west London, Rodgers has at least one space in need of filling on the flanks and in attacking midfield, and while there's no guarantee Hazard would immediately slip in as a starting XI star, his is a minimal risk/maximum reward signing.

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In fact, the main obstruction would be whether Chelsea would be willing to loan Liverpool one of their most promising youngsters considering it was just last year Arsenal were rebuffed in their pursuit of an identical deal for Demba Ba.

Ba was refused permission to join the Gunners on loan, per Metro's Jamie Sanderson, because the Blues did not want to aid a direct title rival, something that Liverpool would appear to be for the 2014-15 season.

Having seen what his older brother is capable of, the Reds appear keen on making the most of the Hazard bloodline themselves and would be wise to do so with a short-term deal this summer.