With their recent lack of form, this transfer window could be a very busy one for Andres Villas-Boas and his Chelsea side.
Kevin De Bruyne is emerging as one of their top transfer targets, and there is no reason why any club wouldn’t want to sign this already-established attacking midfielder/winger.
Chelsea are favourites to sign the Belgian during this transfer window, with De Bruyne saying himself “‘Chelsea are still interested in me and already have a plan in place for me. Staying at Genk for another season is not an option for me. Chelsea were serious about signing me but maybe Genk’s asking price was too high.”
Unfortunately for De Bruyne, he failed to impress when playing against Chelsea earlier this season in the Champions League, but has been in top form in the Belgian domestic league this season.
The 20-year-old Genk star made his debut three years ago at the tender age of 17 and has only heightened his reputation since.
Last season, De Bruyne was a regular in the Genk squad and helped them win their third league title in their history. His committment to the side was evident as he grabbed an impressive 16 assists in 32 games, also contributing 5 goals to the teams cause.
Rumours are circulating that if Chelsea do sign the youngster during this transfer window, they may immediately loan him out.
He currently faces competition from the likes of Juan Mata and Florent Malouda in the Chelsea squad and needs regular football at the highest level to get him up to standard.
Whether this loan move would be a return to Genk or a move elsewhere in Europe is yet to be seen but the necessity of a loan for the winger is looking more and more apparent.
The fear from De Bruyne’s point of view is that he would just end up in the reserves like summer signing Romelu Lukaku.
He made the move from Anderlecht in the Belgian league over to England and so far has not impressed enough to give himself a place in the first eleven.
However, De Bruyne insists that playing for a club like Chelsea opens many doors for a player, even if they are just playing in the reserves for a bit.