Chelsea flop Kevin de Bruyne could be set to depart Stamford Bridge this winter, with rumours suggesting that Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg are interested in a deal for the Belgian midfielder.
According to reports featured in German publication Allgemeine Zeitung, Wolfsburg's Klaus Allofs is keen to bring De Bruyne to the Volkswagen Arena this January.
The same publication also reports that Wolfsburg - who currently lie fifth in the Bundesliga standings - are keen for a move that would see the Chelsea outcast initially arrive on loan from Stamford Bridge, with a view to a future permanent purchase.
"If Chelsea really wants to make it and we are in the draw, then there must be a loan with option to purchase or a sale," said managing director Allofs.
Belgium playmaker De Bruyne arrived at Chelsea from Genk last January for a reported fee of £6.7 million yet has totally failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge and spent a period out on loan with Werder Bremen - Allofs' former club - last season.
Despite largely proving a success in Germany, however, De Bruyne's situation in the Premier League would not appear to have improved, with the 22-year-old having only made three top-flight appearances under Jose Mourinho this season.
Chelsea's glut of attacking talent - which includes the likes of Willian, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata - surely means that De Bruyne would not be sorely missed if indeed he were indeed to leave West London.