Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is “close” to leaving Stamford Bridge to join Wolfsburg.
The Bundesliga side have been in pursuit of the 22-year-old, who has been unable to nail down a regular first-team spot in west London.
And when asked about the former Genk man, Mourinho said: “Kevin is more than probably leaving, it’s close.”
Reports claim Wolfsburg will fork out a fee in the region of £16.7m for De Bruyne, who spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen.
Having re-signed Nemanja Matic from Benfica this week, Mourinho believes it is unlikely he will add to his squad again in the January transfer window.
He added: “I think it’s more about people leaving than people coming in.
“I’m happy with the squad, we are building a team and squad not just for now but for the future. We don’t desperately need [players].”
Meanwhile, Ryan Bertrand’s loan switch to Aston Villa is the best move for the 24-year-old, and Chelsea, according to The Special One.
He said: “He’s a good player, our player and he has to play (regularly). For Ryan we felt, and he agrees totally, that he needs to play.”