Belgian giants Anderlecht have moved to confirm they will attempt to sign midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea.
The Belgium international is heavily linked with a January exit having failed to play himself into the first team plans of Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
And while a number of sides from German Bundesliga appear to be keen, Anderlecht are also set to launch an ambitious bid to sign the 22-year-old.
“Kevin could come to Anderlecht in January – there’s a big chance,” Anderlecht manager Herman Van Holsbeeck told Het Laatste Nieuws.
“It’s not an easy deal, but it is something we are investigating. The World Cup being next year makes this possible – he wants regular football so he makes the competition.”
Kevin De Bruyne started his professional career at Racing Genk, and it was in January 2012 that he signed a contract with Chelsea, albeit remaining in Belgium until the end of the season.
He then largely impressed during a loan spell with Werder Bremen, scoring 10 goals in 33 Bundesliga matches, but has only made three Premier League appearances for Chelsea this term.
The Blues suffered a serious blow to their title hopes by losing at St James’ Park last weekend, and are now 11/4 for the league title.