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Transfer Merry-Go-Round: As Spurs close in on Holtby, Schalke target Chelsea’s De Bruyne
A couple of days ago we brought you the news that Tottenham are on the verge of signing Lewis Holtby from Schalke.
According to the rumour mill, Holtby, whose contract ends at the end of the season, has turned down Schalke’s offer to double his wages (€3m a year instead of €1.5m), with the player determined to earn €5m a season in any new deal.
With money said to be a major priority for the 22-year-old, Holtby is able to cash-in on his talents by signing for an English club to collect a signing-on fee and wages. Moreover, after turning down Schalke’s offer Holtby’s position at the club now seems untenable.
Tottenham, long-time admirers of Holtby alongside Arsenal, have been earmarked by German paper Bild as the frontrunners for the Nationelf international.
Now the story has been extended to involve Chelsea.
With the Royal Blues now almost certain to lose Holtby in January, the club from Gelsenkirchen are on a mission to acquire a new midfielder to fill in the hole on their roster. Their target: Chelsea’s Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne, who is presently on loan at Werder Bremen.
Whether Schalke can sign the Blues’ starlet is questionable.
De Bruyne has agreed to spend the season at Bremen, and few expect the Belgian to cut his stay short at Werder. However, with Chelsea stocked up-to-the-eyeballs with attacking midfield talent, many are speculating that De Bruyne will not return to Stamford Bridge this summer, but rather he’ll pine for a move to Schalke.
De Bruyne is having a superb season at Werder. A regular in the first team with 17 appearances in the first half of the campaign, the hugely talented 21-year-old has already scored four goals in the Bundesliga, as well as five assists.
Below see a couple of excellent clips of Kevin De Bruyne since his arrival at Werder Bremen.
- Updated: January 3, 2013