Kevin De Bruyne is expected to complete his move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg from Chelsea in the next 48 hours, for a fee of $26 million.
The Belgian international has made only five appearances since signing from Genk for $11.4m in January 2012. He spent the remainder of the 2011-12 season back at Genk on loan, and was loaned out to Werder Bremen for the 2012-13 season.
Having impressed during his first season in Germany, he was expected to push for a first team role at Stamford Bridge, but found himself behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata in the Chelsea pecking order. The lack of appearances for a player looking to play in the 2014 World Cup became a talking point for those covering the team, with manager Jose Mourinho frequently facing questions over a lack of game time for De Bruyne – especially after Marco van Ginkel was ruled out for most of the season with a knee injury.
Much of the transfer fee, which with additions and clauses could cost Wolfsburg $32.7m, will go towards the signing of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, who was sold to the Portuguese club by Chelsea as part of the signing of David Luiz.