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Wolfsburg 'can't announce' De Bruyne deal yet

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Matthew Lewis

The Kevin de Bruyne transfer buzz is getting louder and louder. On the ninth, we had numerous reports that a deal to send the young Belgian to Wolfsburg was complete, although we don't know if it's a loan or a permanent move. And yes, it's close enough that Wolfsburg's sporting director is commenting on the situation:

Some papers already announced the deal is done, but that's premature. We can't announce a deal yet and we aren't in a desperate mood, though we would not be talking to Chelsea, if we had totally opposing views.

-Klaus Allofs. Source: Kicker via Sky Sports News.

Allofs went on to say that if de Bruyne does move this January, as is looking extremely likely, it would only be to Wolfsburg. This sounds essentially wrapped up to me -- the read I'm getting from these quotes is that it's a matter of getting a few more minor things in place before a deal can be announced, and Wolfsburg simply don't want to be embarrassed if it somehow falls through at the last minute.

A loan deal will obviously be good for de Bruyne, who's failed to make an impression on the first team this season thanks to the presence of a slew of other attacking midfielders in the squad. He needs playing time, and, having already excelled last year in the Bundesliga, he has a real opportunity to get it should this go through. A permanent deal? That makes sense for the player too, but I'm guessing we're talking close to €20 million in order to get this done. And if we do, let's have a buyback clause somewhere in there, eh?