After more than seven months of pining after Racing Genk midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, Chelsea Football Club have their man. It's not much of a surprise, considering that the entire world knew that a) Genk and Chelsea were close to an arrangement and b) de Bruyne was in London for a medical on Monday, but it's a relief to know that this is finally done, even if it came later than would have been ideal (a de-Bruyneless Genk in the Champions League would have made our lives a little easier).
Unfortunately the reports that have come out on this aren't in English, so we're going to have to make do with Dutch. Here goes:
Kevin De Bruyne heeft zijn droomtransfer naar Chelsea beet. De Genkmiddenvelder verhuist wel pas in de zomer naar Londen. Genkdirecteur Dirk Degraen zette rond middernacht zijn handtekening onder de overeenkomst, die stipuleert dat Genk nog tot juni kan beschikken over het jonge talent.
Let's run that through the Google Translate machine and do a little cleaning up...
Kevin De Bruyne has his dream transfer to Chelsea. The Genk midfielder will move to London this summer. At around midnight [CET], Genk Director Dirk Degraen signed the agreement, which stipulates that Genk will have the young talent until June.
Other details from that story - SportWereld are claiming that Genk got €9M for De Bruyne, €1M more than reported earlier, but confirmed the five-and-a-half year contract, meaning that Chelsea have him on the books until the end of the 2016/17 season. I'm not sure how Chelsea will announce this - it'd be odd to present a player and then immediately dispatch him back to the Jupiler League, but at this point it's just a matter of time until they do.
In case you've forgotten who this de Bruyne fellow is and why Chelsea like him so much, here's a quick refresher:
Welcome to Stamford Bridge, Kevin!