Transfer gossip: De Bruyne to Manchester City, Walcott to Chelsea
Former Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne is being heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League, as the Wolfsburg midfielder could arrive at Manchester City according to the Daily Mirror. De Bruyne, 23, joined Wolfsburg last year for $26 million and has shone in the Bundesliga with 17 goals and 30 assists in 56 appearances for his new side. That form has prompted continued links with Man City. Will the Citizens splash $40 million to land De Bruyne this summer? I guess it depends if Manuel Pellegrini is still in charge.
So, that’s a former Chelsea winger who could be heading back to the PL. But could Chelsea be adding a winger of their own? According to the The Times, Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff are keeping close tabs on Theo Walcott’s contract situation at Arsenal and are weighing up a move for the 26-year-old England international. Walcott has recently returned from a long-term knee injury and has already moved to dismiss doubts regarding negotiations of a new contract as his current deal runs out next summer. Do Chelsea really need another speedy winger when they have Willian, Juan Cuadrado and Eden Hazard around?
Another player who may be moving away from north London is Tottenham Hotspur’s captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Reports in the Sun suggest that Lloris, 28, has a get-out clause in his contract for $22 million if Spurs do not finish in the top four. Right now, that’s looking like a long shot, and French giants Paris Saint-Germain are said to be lining up a move for the French international goalkeeper. Watch this space.
Rounding up the rumors, Cologne defender Kevin Wimmer has spoken about a potential move to Tottenham, Arsenal are waiting on Petr Cech and could move for Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper this summer, while the Blues appear keen on Douglas Costa once again as Mourinho is lining up a $30 million bid for the Brazilian.