Chelsea expecting imminent Belgian signature

Reports are claiming that the proposed transfer of Racing Genk’s star winger, Kevin de Bruyne, to Chelsea will be completed this weekend.

The two clubs were in talks over the summer regarding the move but a transfer never came to pass due to indifferences over the transfer fee as well as several clauses, supposedly.

The same issues arose when the purchase was reignited earlier this month, however an £8.5m fee is now thought to have been agreed and the player is currently hashing out personal terms with his representatives.

De Bruyne was a key component of the Belgian side’s league-winning 2010-11 season and arose as transfer target for the Blues in July 2011.

The 20 year-old has resumed the 2011-12 in similar form at Genk and in 21 starts this campaign, the winger has scored four goals as well as notched up four assists.

De Bruyne has already featured in this season’s Champions League and will not be available for Chelsea in the tournament should the move come to pass, however he could feature in the Premier League as Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda play increasingly smaller roles at the club ahead of 2012 exits.

Despite the buy, Andre Villas Boas remains keen on Lille attacker, Eden Hazard, and while a January switch seems unlikely, Chelsea have emerged as favourites to land his £35m signature as the Blues strive to get their 2011-12 season back on track and secure a Champions League spot.

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