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A Chelsea - Kevin de Bruyne conspiracy?

Was Kevin de Bruyne's 'desire' to move from Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund genuine, or was it cooked up to fool Bayer Leverkusen?

It looks as though Chelsea are set to have both Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle at their disposal next season, as they aim to win back the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho.

This was not Bayer Leverkusen's plan, who aimed to have at least one of them in their squad for next season.

When Chelsea began their protracted negotiations for Schurrle, they were told the transfer would only be approved if De Bruyne was sent to them on loan.

And here's where we wonder if we should not believe the official line, and wonder if there may be a bit of a Chelsea-orchestrated maneuvering in play - Our own conspiracy if you will.

The story as we know it, goes that De Bruyne wanted to rebuff Leverkusen's advances, and move to Dortmund instead.

Dortmund were claimed to be interested and even ready to make an offer to Chelsea for the player, with German newspaper Bild stating that the player was ready to agree terms to a contract if the two clubs could get on the same page.

But what if this was all a cleverly concocted ruse by Chelsea?

It's possible they fed the media signals about De Bruyne wanting to sign for a superior German club to Leverkusen, repeatedly, to strengthen their own negotiations for Schurrle.

Eventually Leverkusen gave up all hope of signing the Belgian, and caved into asking for just cash alone for the transfer - a substantial amount in fact.

Suddenly with Mourinho in charge, and confirming he wants De Bruyne next season, the Dortmund rumours have all suddenly disappeared.

Chelsea now have both Schurrle and De Bruyne to add to their array of weapons next season, and Leverkusen have none.

Perhaps it did happen the way we originally believed, but if it was a scheme cooked up as a negotiating tactic on Chelsea's behalf, then it was genius. 

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