German club Wolfsburg are set to finalise the signing of Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea.
The 22-year-old Belgian, who spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen, has made only three league appearances for Chelsea since being signed in 2012.
All three came before he angered Jose Mourinho with his performance in a Capital One Cup tie at Swindon in September, since which De Bruyne’s future at Stamford Bridge has been in doubt.
He cost around £6.5m when he was bought from Genk and the Blues now stand to make a significant profit on that deal, with Wolfsburg expected to pay £16m.
He said: “We know Kevin is a fantastic young player with fantastic potential. I still say I would be happy to keep him.
“But you also have to analyse the player’s pride and personality, and he probably wants to go so much it’s maybe a good option to let him go and it’s a very good deal for the club from a financial point of view.”