Chelsea Transfer Target: Who Is Kevin De Bruyne?
It has been revealed that the Blues will bid £8 million for the Belgium international to prize him away from the Jupiler Pro League.
Chelsea have been tracking the 20-year-old since last summer when The Sun revealed Chelsea's interest in the player.
Chelsea were only able to strike a deal for one Belgium wonder kid, Romelu Lukaku, who signed from Anderlecht for a fee in the region of £20 million.
Now it seems that Lukaku's compatriot is set to join him at Stamford Bridge, so who is Kevin De Bruyne?
De Bruyne is mostly deployed as a left winger and could be seen as a replacement for Florent Malouda.
The Frenchman has found his minutes on the pitch restricted this season and is clearly unhappy, as the player revealed to Sky Sports, which would indicate his departure is inevitable.
De Bruyne has plenty of pace and terrorised Jose Bosingwa in the Champions League group match earlier in the season, which would only have confirmed Chelsea's belief that he is a top prospect.
De Bruyne has scored four goals and assisted three times in 13 appearances so far this season.
He has two full international caps for Belgium.
De Bruyne featured prominently last season, as a 19-year-old, as Genk won the title.
The wing wizard scored five goals and assisted 16 times in 32 appearances as Genk won their first title since 2002.
It would appear that Andre Villas-Boas would deploy De Bruyne in his natural left wing position, although he can operate on the opposite flank or even centrally.
This would allow Juan Mata to move inside and reduce Chelsea's predictability.
The fee of £8 million seems to be a fair price for a player with such exceptional talent.
Genk have confirmed that Director of Sport Dirk De Graen has flown to London to finalise the deal, according to Sky Sports.
De Bruyne would finish the season, on loan, with the Belgium champions before switching to the Blues in the summer.
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