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Liverpool, Everton and Schalke are looking at Chelsea's Thorgan Hazard after Jose Mourinho decided he could go back on loan next term.
The Blues boss travelled to Belgium last night to watch the winger in action for Zulte-Waregem against Anderlecht in the league play-offs.
It is now being reported in Belgium that Mourinho has decided the 21-year-old isn't ready to compete for a regular place in his side and that the younger brother of Eden Hazard will be allowed to go out on loan elsewhere next season - after he plays in Chelsea's pre-season matches.
Liverpool have shown an interest and are at the front of the queue for Hazard's services next season.
The skilful winger has scored 14 goals in 37 matches for Zulte and is ready to step up into a bigger league while he may also be looking to dip his toe in the Champions League.
Schalke can also offer Champions League football after securing third place in the Bundesliga and Mourinho's decision on which club Hazard ends up at may rest on whether he believes Liverpool will be serious title challengers again next season.
Everton are also being linked with Hazard after Goodison Park boss Roberto Martinez admitted he intends to use his full quota of season-long loan deals again next season.