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Belgian playmaker closes in on Chelsea deal

In a deal that appears to have simmered down in recent months, it seems as if Kevin de Bruyne may finally complete his long-foretold transfer to Chelsea.

The side were heavily linked with the Belgian ‘wonderkid’ over the summer and although a deal was thought to have been made, financial disputes prevented the purchase from going through.

De Bruyne earned major plaudits throughout Genk’s 2010-11 Jupiler League-winning season and shot to the top of several manager’s shopping lists, with Andre Villas-Boas seemingly one.

Despite the drawn-out transfer saga that took place over the summer months, it seems the Blues are now ready to bite the bullet and offer the £8m Genk value their starlet at.

Another issue in the deal was thought to be the youngster’s wages, but with AVB desperate to begin his youthful revolution at Stamford Bridge, negotiations aren’t expected to take long.

The 20 year-old has made 18 starts for Genk this season, including four in the side’s Champions League run, doing nothing to damage his reputation as a speedy winger with the potential to torment defences.

The two sides are already thought to have cleared up the issue of an £8m transfer fee, and it seems that just the formalities remain until de Bruyne swaps the blue of Genk for the blue of Chelsea.