Blues near Belgian midfielder deal

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Chelsea's blossoming relationship with Belgian outfit Racing Genk is seemingly set to pay further dividends as young midfielder Kevin De Bruyne closes in on a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have already tied up the signature of De Bruyne's former team-mate Thibaut Courtois, with the young goalkeeper since farmed out to Ateltico Madrid on loan.

And it would now appear that De Bruyne could follow his international colleague in completing a move to Chelsea, with the 20-year-old confirming negotiations are nearing completion.

"My manager went to Chelsea on Wednesday and discussions have been good," the Belgian told Extra Time. "The opportunity is there.

"Maybe by the end of the month a deal can be sorted out, because that would be a good thing for all three parties."

De Bryune also explained how the proposed deal would work out, with Genk able to retain his services for a season as part of the agreement with Chelsea.


He added: "The first year, I would continue playing at Genk and the second year we would have to take a decision - it would depend on my performance."

Should he complete a move to Chelsea, De Bruyne would become the third young Belgian to sign for the west London club this summer, following Courtois and Romelu Lukaku.

It was confirmed last week that a fee for the latter, regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, had been agreed with Anderlecht, and the 18-year-old has since revealed he will be officially unveiled later this week.

"Please note that no official presentation and no press conference will take place in Chelsea this week," a statement on the striker's official website read.

"More news will be given on the site in the coming days."

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