Premier League - Chelsea's De Bruyne 'to return to Germany with Wolfsburg'

Kevin De Bruyne is on the verge of an £18million switch from Chelsea to German side Wolfsburg, according to reports.

Regional publication Wolfsburger Nachrichten, a newspaper regarded as having a reliable grasp of events surrounding the Bundesliga club, wrote on Sunday that sporting director Klaus Allofs says the deal is “close” to completion.

Belgian De Bruyne, 22, has been linked with a Stamford Bridge departure for some time after being loaned to Wolfsburg’s divisional rivals Werder Bremen almost as soon as he arrived in London from KRC Genk, having spent the start of his time on Chelsea’s books still at the Pro League outfit.

It has been reported across England that Jose Mourinho was prepared to end the midfielder’s ill-fated spell at the club for the right price, and that two clubs showed serious interest in taking on De Bruyne.

Allofs is quoted in Wolfsburger Nachrichten as saying: “We cannot confirm the transfer right now, but we are close to an agreement with Chelsea.

“There are no points (in the proposed contract) left which we might not be able to solve.”

De Bruyne signed a five-and-a-half year deal with the Blues on transfer deadline day in January 2012, finishing the season with Genk on a loan-back deal before arriving in England in the summer.

After being loaned to Bremen for 2012-13, De Bruyne scored 10 goals in 33 appearances during an otherwise- abject campaign for Werder.

Though he was quoted as saying he enjoyed life in Germany and would seek out a permanent move, Mourinho assured him he would be part of his plans at Chelsea after returning to the club at the start of the current season.

Though De Bruyne notched an assist in his competitive debut against Hull, he would make just three Premier League appearances .

He has 18 senior caps for Belgium, with his four international goals to date all coming as part of the nation’s impressive and successful World Cup 2014 qualification campaign.