Report: Ex-Chelsea outcast could be set for Matic-like summer return

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne could be set to return to Chelsea at the end of this season.

De Bryune departed Stamford Bridge last January, signing with Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

He has been a revelation in Germany, helping the league chasers to second place, and starring in the 4-1 victory over Bayern Munich last week. The 23-year-old has been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs in recent weeks - with Bild highlighting Manchester United as the party leading the race for his signature - but he has been offered a new contract with Wolfsburg in an attempt to tie him down in Germany.

Considering his incredible form, he could well be in the running for the Bundesliga player of the season award come the close of the campaign, and, even though Wolfsburg are in the running to win the title, the De Bruyne will surely want to be turning out for a club that consistently challenges for silverware. His current contract runs until 2019, and sporting director Klaus Allofs has been quoted by Sport Wereld as considering the Belgian international’s future in relation to the success of the team.

Having signed Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle this transfer window, Wolfsburg are also encroaching upon a potential Financial Fair Play embargo, and the Sport Wereld article confirms that the club enquired with UEFA concerning the transfer of Schurrle to check they remained inside their usable expenditure.

With these FFP restrictions, the same report claims that Wolfsburg could be set to sell De Bruyne in the summer, and it has been hinted that Chelsea have shown an interest in taking him back to Stamford Bridge, having been impressed by his development. Much in the same way as Nemanja Matic, who left for Benfica before returning as one of the best defensive midfielders in world football, De Bruyne left West London after few chances to impress, and has since developed into a highly sought after attacking midfielder.

The article suggests that De Bruyne would prefer a move to the Blues over other interested parties, so that he can prove to Jose Mourinho that he was deserving of more chances before he was sold.

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