The German media have been reporting that Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne has agreed personal terms with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and it’s now just a matter of the two clubs agreeing on a transfer fee.
De Bruyne has attracted a lot of interest for the impressive performances he’s put in for his country and on loan at Werder Bremen this season but what does the future hold for the player?
Kicker, a German magazine, believe there’s a race for the player’s signature and Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund are the club that is leading the charge ahead of Bayer Leverkusen. He has been caught up in the saga involving Andre Schurrle’s potential move from Bayer to Chelsea and it has even been mooted that the 21-year-old is part of the reason that the deal has been held up.
I believe that the only reason the Blues would sell De Bruyne at this stage is if he requested to leave and it is possible that his head has been turned by whatever promises Dortmund may or may not have given him, but I’m unsure if he would demand to leave a club before Rafael Benitez’s successor has arrived.
Despite whatever is said about Chelsea and their transfer policy – we know it isn’t perfect – but the job of the sporting director is meant to help, not hinder, the work of the manager and ahead of this season Michael Emenalo would have sat down with Roberto Di Matteo and asked which players he was planning on using and which ones he would not, in order to find loan moves for those that needed them to aide their development.
It would be foolish of De Bruyne to demand a move immediately. What if the next man – we expect that it’s to be Jose Mourinho – wants him? He has had a good season after all and would have another opportunity to impress the coaching staff during the pre-season. If worst comes to worst and he doesn’t want to go out on loan again, he can ask to leave.
But if Dortmund really are that keen on him and he’s adamant that he wants to go then Chelsea need to make sure that any sale is worth their while.
I hope he doesn’t go as I believe he is more able to challenge for a starting place than the likes of Victor Moses, Marko Marin and Yossi Benayoun are currently and am more impressed by his ability and potential than anything I have seen from Schurrle shoot-a-lot.