The 24-year-old from Brisbane has been playing in Germany since 2011 and helped Fortuna to Bundesliga promotion last season. He has continued that form into the top-flight with a series of stirring performances; it is this form that has seen him earn 23 caps for the Socceroos since his switch to European football.
For Leverkusen; snapping up the player for his release clause fee of just €1.5 million is a great piece of business especially considering they are on the verge of losing one of their star players.
21-year-old Germany international Andre Schurrle is surely on his way to Chelsea despite delays in the transfer negotiations.
Those delays have been caused by the reluctance of Kevin De Bruyne to accept a loan-spell at the BayArena. The Belgian youngster was seen as the perfect replacement for the attacker but he reportedly wants either first-team action with Chelsea or a move to Borussia Dortmund.
So what does the Australian’s capture mean for Chelsea’s Belgian youngster?
Well he plays in largely a similar position to both De Bruyne and Schurrle so read into that what you will but I see him as a direct replacement for their outgoing starlet; leaving De Bruyne’s services no longer necessary at Leverkusen.
This tells you that he is either returning to Chelsea or more than likely he is on his way to Borussia Dortmund. De Bruyne’s form for Werder Bremen and Belgium has seen him linked with a move to Signal Iduna Park as a possible replacement for the Bayern Munich bound Mario Gotze.
Dortmund were claimed to have bid 17 million Euros for De Bruyne last month, according to reports in Germany, and their interest is perceived to be legitimate in the Belgian who has really taken to life in the Bundesliga.
With it becoming increasingly clear that he is not happy with how events are transpiring at his Premier League parent club; the potential to move to a team that forms one half of an all-German Champions League final will certainly appeal to the 21-year-old.
It is just a theory but the way these transfer merry-go-rounds sometimes develop you can do some pre-emptive estimating about where certain players end up.
With Schurrle on his way to Chelsea and Kruse going to Leverkusen the immediate suggestion is De Bruyne will not be going in the same direction.
But will he be at Chelsea?
Where do you think De Bruyne will be playing next season?
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