Wolfsburg confident of signing De Bruyne from Chelsea

The out-of-favor playmaker looks to be on the verge of a return to the Bundesliga on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Wolfsburg is confident of sealing a January move for Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgium international spent 2012-13 on loan in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen - scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances - but has featured just three times under Jose Mourinho this season.

The 22-year-old was forced to train with Chelsea's youth side after Mourinho criticized his effort, and the Portuguese confirmed on Saturday that bids had been made for his services.

And Wolfsburg looks primed to take advantage with general manager Klaus Allofs expressing his belief that a deal is close.

"It's not that we can confirm the deal just yet, but we are no longer so far apart with Chelsea that we can't bridge the differences, he told Wolfsburger Nachrichten.

Wolfsburg enjoyed a strong first half to its Bundesliga campaign and will resume its season sitting fifth in the German top flight, two points off Borussia Dortmund in fourth.

It will get back to competitive action with a home game against Hannover on Jan. 25.