Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is a transfer target for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, says the German club’s director of sport Rudi Voller.
The Bundesliga giants are second in the table behind Bayern Munich, five points clear of Borussia Dortmund in third place, and feel that reinforcements could be vital in clawing back their Bavarian rivals at the top.
“We made no secret of our interest in Kevin De Bruyne,” confirmed the former Germany international forward to Sky Sports in Germany.
“There are many clubs interested in him.”
“Regardless of our league position, we’re always looking for new players.
“It’s possible that we do sign somebody this winter, but then again, we could go into the second half of the season with the same team and look to do something next summer.
“If you do anything, then it’s got to be a top alternative to what we’ve already got here.”
Kevin De Bruyne has struggled to find a regular place in the Chelsea side since a few sporadic appearances at the start of the season, but his stock remains high in Germany after an impressive loan spell at Werder Bremen last term.
The 22 year-old is also under pressure at international level, with his place in the Belgium squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil under threat unless he can secure first team football.
A transfer – or loan move – to Bayer 04 Leverkusen could be a logical step for all parties concerned.