Mourinho confirms that De Bruyne transfer would be permanent

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Kevin de Bruyne might not leave this January, but if he does go it doesn't look like it'd be on a loan. With Wolfsburg closing in, places limited in the attacking band and the player himself agitating for a move away, Chelsea don't have to desperately hold onto him, and so the door is open for a move away.

Jose Mourinho said in his press conference on Friday that he'd be very happy to keep de Bruyne around and develop him, but that a move would make sense from the player's perspective -- and that there's some serious financial incentive to sell:

The figure being bandied about is £18 million, but Mourinho has said that a fee hasn't been officially agreed yet. That's a good deal in terms of money (one assumes there'd be a buyback clause or a right of first refusal somewhere in there), but we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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