Chelsea departure could lead to major midfield boost for United

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Belgian De Bruyne could head to Atletico Madrid on loan, while the Spanish side's midfield star could end up at Old Trafford.

With two Belgians already loaned out of the club, and Kevin De Bruyne set to join them in January, Eden Hazard must be looking over his shoulder.

De Bruyne's reported strained relationship with boss Jose Mourinho may or may not be true, but it very much seems that he will be heading out of Stamford Bridge once the transfer window reopens. Like compatriots Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku, De Bruyne has previously flourished on loans away from the club, and he will be hoping that another few months of regular football will ensure a place for him on Belgium's World Cup bound plane.

Despite a lot of talk of a switch to Germany, there are several newspapers reporting that a move to Atletico Madrid may be just round the corner. The Spanish team are doing well both at home and in La Liga and have handled another of Chelsea's young Belgians spectacularly well in goalkeeper Courtois.

Chelsea will have to be careful though, as such a move will lead to the likely transfer of Atletico's young star Koke to rivals Manchester United

The Daily Star report that United officials are interested in the 21-year-old, who has seven Spanish caps, as they try to strengthen a floundering central midfield. Koke has been having an excellent season so far, scoring 2 goals in 13 league appearances and impressing as Atletico lie in second place just three points behind Barcelona. That he could be available for as little as £16 million in line with his transfer release clause only makes him a more attractive option and he could be one of a number of United arrivals in January.


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