Chelsea starlet close to €15m Borussia Dortmund move

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Borussia Dortmund are close to completing a €15 million deal for Chelsea starlet Kevin de Bruyne, according to Bild.

Dortmund have identified De Bruyne as the man to replace the out-going Mario Gotze, who is heading for Champions League conquerers Bayern Munich.

De Bruyne has spent the season on loan with Werder Bremen, and Chelsea reportedly wanted to use the young Belgian as a makeweight in their move for Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle.

However De Bruyne appeared set on making the move to Dortmund and he has got his way according to Bild, who say a €15 million transfer is 'imminent'.

De Bruyne arrived at Chelsea from Genk in January 2012, but is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the club.

The 21-year-old has impressed in Germany this season and Chelsea were said to be keen on only letting him go out on loan next season rather than selling him, either as part of the deal for Schurrle or otherwise.

The German club have already landed their first signing of the summer in the aftermath of their Champions League final defeat against Bayern at Wembley on Saturday - snapping up Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Werder Bremen in a deal announced this morning.

Bild also report that Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp remains interested in Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen, who has been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham, as well as Atletico Mineiro ace Bernard - a reported target for Chelsea.

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