After scoring 14 goals and adding 21 assists in all competitions this season, former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has enjoyed a wonderful season for Wolfsburg. Deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho, the 23-year-old Belgian has become one of the hottest properties in Europe. It looks like he would add that missing dimension from Chelsea’s play, but it is the French champions Paris Saint-Germain that are heavily interested in his securing his signature, says magazine France Football.
According to France Football’s information, the Belgian international was scouted by PSG during the German side’s Europa League victory over Inter Milan last week, and it’s not the first time Laurent Blanc’s side has been linked with a move for the midfielder.
The Parisians would have been happy with what they saw. De Bruyne scored twice and set up a third as Wolfsburg won 3-1, putting them in a commanding position to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Apparently, Blanc has been so impressed with De Bruyne’s play that he wants to make him a priority target for PSG this summer. However, any move will depend on the future of Argentine winger Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Due to their Financial Fair Play restrictions, PSG could only make a bid for the Belgian once they sell Lavezzi, and possibly one or two others this summer.
Sold in January of 2014 for €21 million, it is likely that PSG would need to double that to even have a chance of landing De Bruyne.
The young international would be the perfect option for Blanc on the left-wing. Able to cut inside and create through the middle, he would provide the drive that PSG often lack in the final third.
Alternatively, it has been suggested that PSG and president Nasser al Khelaïfi are still interested in trying to sign Argentine forward Angel Di Maria from Manchester United. Whereas De Bruyne would be a fantastic option to improve the PSG attack, a move for struggling Di Maria would magnify the problem of having non-football people in charge of the club’s decisions.
De Bruyne, already desired by Laurent Blanc last winter, would be a perfect fit for the sporting policy of PSG, which seeks young talent with strong potential. This is not the only issue that the capital club are working on, though. President Nasser al Khelaïfi has not abandoned the idea of hiring Angel di Maria, hotly courted last summer, although much will depend on FFP and adhering to the transfer rules and regulations.
After PSG eliminated Chelsea from the Champions League last week, making a move to sign a player that Chelsea may regret selling, would be rubbing salt in the wound from the French champions.