Kevin De Bruyne’s performances for VfL Wolfsburg this season have been so impressive that Chelsea could make an effort to re-sign him in the summer, according to speculation in a Belgian paper.
Flemish outlet Het Nieuwsblad makes the claim that the Blues might look to take De Bruyne back to Stamford Bridge only a year and a half after selling him to the Bundesliga, and VfL Wolfsburg may be open to doing business as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.
De Bruyne form
Having completed the January signing of German winger Andre Schurrle for £24 million Wolfsburg have made clear their intentions to fight with Bayern Munich for the domestic title, and De Bruyne’s form is certainly helping them to do just that.
The Belgium international wasn’t considered good enough to make the cut under Jose Mourinho, but he’s proved his critics wrong since leaving west London.
11 assists and six goals in the Bundesliga this term has ensured that he’s statistically one of the most influential members of Dieter Hecking’s squad, and as such he’s naturally attracted the attentions of a host of top clubs. French champions Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested in a move to seal his future, whilst even Bayern have been mentioned amongst his other suitors.
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Whilst the idea of either club making a big offer for De Bruyne isn’t too far-fetched the notion of a Stamford Bridge return will certainly shock fans who thought they’d seen the last of him.
The report in question points to the case of Nemanja Matic as proof that Chelsea, and indeed Mourinho, have gone down the route of buying-back former stars in the past once their development has reached a satisfactory point, but even so a move for De Bruyne this soon after his sale will ruffle feathers.
It makes sense to assume that Wolfsburg won’t want to sell the 23-year-old unless they absolutely have to, although the £30 million price-tag supposedly hanging over his head would be enough to ensure Hecking had plenty of funds with which to reinforce his squad.