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Mourinho confirms that De Bruyne transfer would be permanent

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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.