Chelsea close in on £8m midfielder deal


Chelsea are closing in on an £8million summer deal for Kevin de Bruyne reports the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old winger almost moved to west London last summer, before the Belgian outfit pulled the plug on the deal, and De Bruyne expressed his dissatisfaction that the club were pricing him out of a deal.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of the left-sided midfielder, and it is understood the Portuguese tactician rekindled his interest in De Bruyne after Chelsea's UEFA Champions League group stage clash with Genk at Stamford Bridge back in October.

According to Sportsmail, the Belgian starlet's wish finally looks as though it will be granted, after De Bruyne's agent Patrick de Coster arranged to meet with Genk officials at the 2011 Golden Shoe player of the year ceremony in Ostend.

De Coster is confident the outcome of the negotiations will be an agreement to sell De Bruyne to Chelsea, with Genk now resigned to losing their star player.

Like Thibaut Courtois before him, who is currently enjoying a spell at Atletico Madrid, Villas-Boas will put plans in place for De Bruyne to kickstart his Blues career with a season-long loan at another club.

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