We're still 2 months away from the January transfer window opening, but already we're beginning to hear some talk about potential moves to be made. Today we have some quotes out of Belgium involving a Chelsea player, as shockingly clubs would have interest in taking Kevin De Bruyne on loan:
"Kevin De Bruyne could come to Anderlecht in January – there’s a big chance. It’s not an easy deal, but it is something we are investigating. The World Cup being next year makes this possible – he wants regular football so he makes the competition. That may be true for Belgians but also for foreign internationals."
"We are looking for a replacement for Suarez, that's for sure. And then we have to wait and see what will happen with Kouyate. With him, it was agreed that he should as a way in January there is a bid from the Premier League that makes all parties better."
Frankly, I'm not all that sure why Chelsea would even consider this, but stranger things have happened. De Bruyne has most certainly grown to the point where minutes in Belgium aren't going to do a whole lot for his development, even if time on the pitch would help him stay sharp ahead of the World Cup (which means very little to the Blues).
If the Blues decide that De Bruyne is expendable, I think there will be suitors lined up around the block for him. Most of those teams will offer a much higher level of football than Anderlecht does, especially if the Belgian side end up finishing fourth in their group and out of Europe entirely.
At the moment, I also think the Blues would be hard pressed to let De Bruyne go unless they feel confident that Bertrand Traore is ready to contribute. We've been lucky thus far with injuries, but any of our glut of talent in that position suffering any sort of long term injury would leave the De Bruyne looking at fairly regular minutes. After seeing Yossi Benayoun and Marko Marin on the pitch for Chelsea toward the end of last season, I can assure you that's the sort of thing I never want to see again because we sent a much better player out on loan.