Chelsea close on De Bruyne deal

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Chelsea are on the verge of signing Kevin de Bruyne, after Genk confirmed they were in talks with the Blues over a move for the player.

The Belgian Pro League champions have sent Dirk Degraen, director of sport, to London in an effort to finalise the deal, with the club's expectation that a transfer will be concluded before the end of the week.

"Degraen is in London and the expectation is that it (the transfer of De Bruyne) will be finished this week," said a Genk spokesman.

"The assumption is that Kevin de Bruyne will be transferred to Chelsea and then will finish the season (on loan) at Genk."

The Blues have held a long-standing interest in the 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who has earned two caps for his country, and are said to be discussing a potential £8 million move to Stamford Bridge.

De Bruyne has already shown his potential against the Blues, impressing in the 5-0 defeat to Andre Villas-Boas' side in the Champions League before helping set-up the equaliser in the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Cristal Arena.

Should he complete his move to the capital, De Bruyne would join compatriots Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, although the later is currently making waves on loan at Atletico Madrid.

He would also be the second signing of the month for 'AVB', who landed Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers for £7 million less than two weeks ago.

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