Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne has a lot presently in common with Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
The mercurial talents of Kevin de Bruyne have been on show in the Bundesliga, impressing Chelsea fans from afar all season long.
He remains owned by Chelsea, but whether he will ever kick a ball for them competitively remains to be seen.
A player he has been playing alongside this season for Werder Bremen is Sokratis Papastathopoulos, a Greek international defender.
Like De Bruyne, he appears unlikely to remain a Werder player, and has been pushing for a transfer over the past few weeks.
It appeared the Greek would be heading to Bayer Leverkusen, who had offered the 24-year-old a contract until 2018.
He could have been playing once again alongside De Bruyne, with the Belgian offered to Leverkusen on another season long loan by Chelsea, as part of negotiations over Andre Schurrle.
De Bruyne has by all accounts rejected that option, angling for a move to Borussia Dortmund instead.
And just a day ago, his Bremen teammate Sokratis decided the same thing, that Dortmund were far preferable to Leverkusen.
As reported by Bild the centre-back has made up his mind and has accepted personal terms from Dortmund, who have made his club a €9 million offer.
Time will tell if De Bruyne joins him there, with incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho set to rule on his future upon his arrival.
Yet spare a thought for the two losers in all of this, firstly Werder Bremen who will have none of them next year, and secondly Bayer Leverkusen who have been rejected not once, but twice.
And they still might end up losing Andre Schurrle too. At least €20 million Euros will help. So long as their targets don't reject them for Dortmund instead.
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