Chelsea's £17m playmaker agrees terms over exit

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Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne looks as if he could be swapping the Premier League for the Bundesliga this month.

According to the Daily Mail, the player's agents and VFL Wolfsburg have reached an agreement on personal terms for the Belgian international.

All that is left now is the clubs to agree a deal, with the same reports suggesting that Wolfsburg have offered £17 million for De Bruyne and would prefer a permanent deal. Chelsea, though, would appear to favour a loan switch.

De Bruyne joined Chelsea from Genk during the summer of 2012, yet his impact at Stamford Bridge has been minimal.

The versatile attacker was immediately loaned to German outfit Werder Bremen, where he positively flourished with 10 goals in 33 appearances at Weserstadion. 

Jose Mourinho appeared to take notice of De Bruyne upon his return to Stamford Bridge this summer and rewarded the 22-year-old with his first Chelsea start on the opening day season against newly-promoted Hull City. 

He also started for Chelsea during their lifeless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, yet that was as good as it got. Although he has started in the cup competitions, De Bruyne has made just one further appearance in the Premier League - a brief substitute's cameo against Fulham back in September.

While it is doubtful that many Chelsea fans will be particularly concerned by De Bruyne's pending exit given the lack of impact he has had in West London, the player himself will presumably be desperate to get his career back on track in a league where he proved a success throughout the 2012/13 campaign.

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