Sold? De Bruyne, a victim of Chelsea’s cruel transfer policy

By on January 9, 2014

Kevin De Bruyne is on the verge of a move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, but he was never meant to be a hit at Chelsea.

Second-choice, back-up, alternative. Whatever the phrase, the concept remains the same. Kevin De Bruyne was not meant to be a key man at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea signed the Belgian forward in January 2012, when their fate in the Premier League was unclear. It was an uncertain time for the Blues with Champions League qualification in jeopardy and the club was keen to make transfer moves in case of financial concerns at the end of the season. Instead, the club won the Champions League in May 2012 and De Bruyne’s fate was sealed. In came Eden Hazard and the rest, as they say, is history. De Bruyne was signed from Genk for just £6.7m in January 2012 and has made just two league starts for the Blues. Wolfsburg appear to have secured his signature for a whopping £18m.

Tidy bit of business, that.

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