German newspaper Bild has run a report suggesting Wolfsburg are interested in signing young Belgian star Maxime Lestienne.
The 21-year-old winger has been one of the most promising young players for Club Brugge having made close to 100 league appearances already in his short career with 30 goals.
The move could be a strong indication that Wolfsburg are getting ready to drop their interest in Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne, a player they have been strongly linked with in the recent past.
There is plenty of interest in a loan or permanent deal for De Bruyne from several clubs around Europe and Wolfsburg could be looking to bypass the fuss and complications that a potential deal for De Bruyne could create.
Jose Mourinho has been clear throughout the season that he’s not looking to let De Bruyne leave the club on a permanent basis, constantly challenging the young Belgian to improve all aspects of his game.
That belief and desire to hang onto him from a Chelsea point of view means the only way De Bruyne could be leaving Stamford Bridge this winter is in a loan deal.
A deal for Lestienne could be easier to complete for Wolfsburg due to several reasons starting with the fact they would be taking him from an inferior league and offering him first team football.
Mike Schussler would also be able to invest time and attention in him knowing that he’s a youngster who could form part of a strong midfield over the next few seasons for the club.
It’s also fair to suggest there is substantially less interest in Lestienne which eradicates the possibility of a bidding war, which will delay a possible transfer, even threatening that Wolfsburg may not get their player, which is exactly what could happen in a deal for De Bruyne.
Both players are very similar in terms of age, position and experience but the difference for Wolfsburg could be that a deal for Lestienne is simply easier to complete with just as many benefits.
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