Chelsea will reopen talks with Belgian club Racing Genk over Kevin de Bruyne in a fortnight’s time, according to the Daily Mail.
Blues manager Andre Villas Boas was keen to bring the 20 year-old winger to Stamford Bridge on deadline day, but was forced to admit defeat after Genk rejected a £6m bid.
De Bruyne became a full Belgium international last year, and his potential is undeniable, but he will continue in his home country’s Jupiler League for the time being.
However, that was always to be the case – as De Bruyne revealed that even if a deal had gone through, he would be sent back to Genk on loan.
The youngster confirmed negotiations took place shortly before the end of the transfer window, but an agreement could not be reached despite an encouraging beginning to negotiations.
“My manager went to Chelsea on Wednesday and discussions have been good,” said De Bruyne on Belgian television programme Extra Time.
“Maybe by the end of the month a deal can be sorted out, because that would be a good thing for all three parties – and if there is an agreement with Chelsea, I would certainly spend another year at Genk.”