Genk starlet on verge of Stamford Bridge move.
Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Kevin de Bruyne within the next 48 hours, with the 20 year-old set to undergo a medical this afternoon at the club’s training ground, according to the BBC.
The Blues have had a £6.75m bid accepted by de Bruyne’s current club KRC Genk, and the Belgium international has travelled to London today.
De Bruyne has actually played against Chelsea twice for Genk this season, as the clubs were drawn together in the same UEFA Champions League group.
Whilst the first Group E match didn’t exactly go to plan for Genk – they lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge – the brightest spark for the Jupiler League team was de Bruyne, who caused Chelsea their only problems.
In the second fixture, Genk were much improved, and drew 1-1.
Despite suffering a broken leg earlier this campaign, de Bruyne has improved in each season he has played, and at the age of 20, still has a lot of time to develop.
Comfortable on either flank in a front three, the young Belgian has stated that his preferred position is behind a striker in the proverbial number ten role, but whilst his footballing brain is there, he perhaps doesn’t possess the physical presence to succeed in such a central area just yet.
It is thought that de Bruyne will be sent straight back to Genk on loan for the rest of the season, as from Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas’ words today, it would appear he doesn’t believe de Bruyne is ready for regular Premier League football just yet.
“He’s a player the club has scouted for some time. I’m a manager who respects club policy,” said the Portuguese coach.
“A club has to look to the future, whether it’s with this manager or another. He’s a good bet for the future.”