AVB continues £15m playmaker pursuit - reports

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is expected to continue his pursuit of Belgian playmaker Kevin de Bruyne in January. reports that the Racing Genk playmaker will be Villas-Boas' top target when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year, with the 20-year-old moving up the club's radar after impressive performances against the Blues in the Champions League.

De Bruyne was the shining light for his side in the 5-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in October, and the 20-year-old was again influential when the underdogs held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at the Cristal Arena.

His efforts prior to the games hadn't gone unnoticed by the hierarchy in west London either, with AVB admitting he was an admirer of the talented youngster.

"He's exceptionally gifted technically. We've not only scouted him but we've scouted numerous different players before. It doesn't mean that all of them we scout will eventually join us," said the Chelsea manager.

Genk boss Mario Been waded into the debate at the time, stating: "Chelsea look and want to buy all the big talents so, for me, it wouldn't be a surprise if Kevin went to Chelsea. Everyone's got his price."

The Daily Star have since reported that a £15 million price tag has been placed on the player's head, suggesting Chelsea will have to pay top-price if they want to bring the one-cap international to the club.

De Bruyne would join Romelu Lukaku as Belgians at the club, after the striker was brought to Chelsea in the summer from Anderlecht for a fee that could rise to as much as £18 million.

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