Earlier today we heard yet more reports out of Germany suggesting that a move for Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle is imminent. There have been rumors that the deal would involve a loan of Kevin De Bruyne, and some quotes from his agent this afternoon would seem to indicate that it's very possible:
"Chelsea does not want to sell Kevin. They would prefer to send him out on loan again. Several clubs from Bundesliga are interested, such as Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke."
"Bayer Leverkusen is a very good option. They will play in the Champions League next season and Kevin could probably play in Andre Schurrle's position. Kevin wants to proceed in his career and Leverkusen might be the right place."
If I had to speculate, I'd say it sounds as if a loan to Bayer would be more probable than not. All three of those options would be good ones for the player, and really indicate just how far he's come in the span of 12 months.
What confuses me a bit is why we feel he needs more time on loan, if there are multiple Champions League clubs interested in taking him. He's clearly good enough right now to contribute to Chelsea's first team, even if we a re a bit loaded in the position he tends to play. He still contributes next to nothing defensively though, so maybe another year on loan wouldn't be the worst thing we could do.
Regardless, it sounds as if his future is set to be decided in the next several days, with a trio of German teams that are exponentially better than Werder Bremen potentially vying for his services. Maybe Marko Marin will get another shot after all.