Chelsea are ready to conclude a deal to sign Eden Hazard’s younger brother, Thorgan.
The Blues have already completed a big-money deal to bring the Belgium international star to Stamford Bridge this summer, and are now closing in on his 19-year-old brother, who is also an attacking midfielder.
Thorgan currently plays for Lens, and the French club’s sporting director Antoine Sibierski has admitted that a deal is close to being finalised.
“It should be official tomorrow,” Sibierski told Lens’ official website, translated to English by Sky Sports.
“When I arrived there was no intention of letting him go and I met him very quickly after my arrival to show my confidence in him.
“He still had one year left and it was proposed he extended it but he told me eye to eye that did not interest him and he wanted to leave Lens.
“I realised 48 hours later why, when I learned Chelsea wanted him. I understand,” he concluded.
Meanwhile Lens coach Jean-Luis Garcia has confessed that the opportunity was too good for the player to turn down.
“He is a boy of 19, his elder brother signs for Chelsea and he is urged to do so by the same club, who won the Champions League.
“Congratulations to Thorgan. Unfortunately we cannot go against such an opportunity. Good luck to him,” the coach revealed.
By Gareth McKnight