In recent weeks much has been made of the Chelsea’s protracted transfer dealings with Bayer Leverkusen for their German international forward Andre Schurrle. It originally looked as though the deal was well and truly in the bag; with Belgian starlet Kevin De Bruyne going the other way on a season-long loan deal.
That was until it became common knowledge that Mario Gotze was on his way to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund.
That has seen De Bruyne’s name linked with a move to Signal Iduna Park which has clearly got the Werder Bremen loanee thinking about where his long-term future would be best served.
With Leverkusen signing Robbie Kruse from Fortuna Dusseldorf earlier in the week it now seems likely that they are no longer asking for De Bruyne as part of any negotiations; making it easier for Chelsea to finally complete their acquisition of the highly rated 21-year-old.
But what next for De Bruyne?
It would appear that a move to Borussia Dortmund is now his main prerogative and with his relationship with his parent club looking as fragmented as ever it would appear a deal that is perfectly plausible on all counts.
But what would Chelsea be missing?
Well the words ‘a trick’ spring to mind as this boy has bags of talent and even kept Eden Hazard out of the Belgian national side earlier in the season.
He added to his goal tally this season when he grabbed Werder Bremen’s second against relegation threatened TSG Hoffenheim at the Weserstadion this afternoon; cutting a low cross from Nils Petersen past his countryman Koen Casteels in the opposing goal.
Here is the goal in question …
However Hoffenheim had the last laugh. Substitute Sven Schipplock (try saying that fast) grabbed a goal in the 85th and 91st minutes to earn what could be a valuable draw come the end of the season; as Werder failed to pull away from a potential relegation battle themselves.
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