Chelsea's very public negotiations for Andre Schurrle have been well documented thanks to Bayer Leverkusen's openness with the press on the matter.
The German club admit they have an offer on the table for Schurrle, but are weighing it up, as they want to secure Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne on a loan deal.
But the winger is threatening to throw a major spanner in the works because he has seemingly been swayed by Borussia Dortmund, who are said to have made Chelsea an offer to sign him permanently.
De Bruyne said today: "Dortmund? That would fit. I follow what the BVB. Especially in the Champions League they have, such as the Bavarian, great achievements. Let's see what happens."
The decision ultimately rests with Chelsea, but they too have to take the player's wishes into account, but the current impasse is unlikely to be resolved any time soon.
As German newspaper Bild reports tonight, De Bruyne says that after the club season is over he will be on international duty with Belgium, and only after that will his future be addressed.
Which takes us into June, and seeing as Chelsea's attempt to sign Andre Schurrle rests in part due to De Bruyne, the Blues are not likely to secure his services any time soon.
All of which seems a little odd, because as De Bruyne's owners, Chelsea should get tough with him and tell him what they want from him, and that he will be sent on loan to Leverkusen.
Yet without a manager in place for next season, officially at least, Chelsea are lacking the leadership which could smooth over this situation and speed it up, for De Bruyne does not know where he stands.
As it is, Chelsea risk their Schurrle deal being delayed, or even trumped by another club.
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