The Belgian international left the Blues during the 2014 January transfer window for Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg after much speculation over his future.
So good has his form been over the past 12 months, reports began to circle last week in the Daily Express claiming that outspoken boss Jose Mourinho was keen on bringing him back to Stamford Bridge.
While that particular report might be slightly far-fetched, interest in the player is likely to be high and a Premier League return could be on the cards if a report in the Sun is to be believed.
According to the publication, Spurs sent scout Broomfield to mull over the 23-year-old’s progress though his expected price tag may prove too costly for the North Londoners.
“Spurs have an eye on Kevin de Bruyne at German title chasers Wolfsburg. Top spy Ian Broomfield was in Europe to watch the ex-Chelsea winger last week but his price tag will put off Tottenham unless they can do a swap or sell a few players,” the report states.
De Bruyne is normally deployed as an attacking midfielder, playing behind the striker with the freedom to run beyond him and latch on to through balls.
In 21 Bundesliga starts this season, the former Genk youngster has notched an impressive eight goals and added a further 12 assists – a comparable record with the very best in Europe.
However, his role at Wolfsburg is similar to the one both Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen perform at White Hart Lane, leaving open a simple question of whether Spurs would actually need him.