It looks as if De Bruyne will be leaving Stamford Bridge in January, but could he still fit into the Premier League?
This week, Chelsea and Belgium teammate Eden Hazard told Kevin De Bruyne that he should seriously consider leaving Chelsea in order to secure his place in the Belgium World Cup squad. Since returning from his loan spell at Werder Bremen, he has struggled to earn a place in Jose Mourinho's side.
De Bruyne was a key player in Belgium's World Cup qualifying campaign and his national manager Marc Wilmots has also said that he should seriously consider moving in order to find himself first team football. The 22-year-0ld scored 10 goals for Werder Bremen last year, and there must surely be some Premier League sides interested in bringing him in. It remains to be seen whether Mourinho would be willing to let the Belgian leave permanently or if he would rather let him go out on loan again.
De Bruyne himself may prefer a loan move, as he would want to prove himself to Marc Wilmots and Jose Mourinho. Werder Bremen would be the leading contenders to sign him on loan again, but there could be a few options in England.
Gus Poyet has good links with Chelsea, and encourages an attractive style of football at his teams, so perhaps a move to Sunderland could suit all parties. Similarly a move to Swansea would be beneficial for the same reasons. Swansea play nice, attacking, passing football, and it would help the development of Kevin.
Chelsea obviously wouldn't want to let one of their players join another top club in the Premier League, as it could diminish their own title chances. Due to Lukaku's success at Everton, Mourinho may propose a move to Goodison Park. Roberto Martinez would find it hard to say no to someone of De Bruyne's pedigree, even though we have yet to see the best of him in England.
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