Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is currently being pursued by a number of clubs, Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller claims, with the German outfit hopeful of confirming a deal for the youngster in the next transfer window.
De Bruyne made the move to Chelsea from Genk in the summer of 2012 and spent time on loan at Werder Bremen thereafter. The 22-year-old was considering another loan spell in the summer but Jose Mourinho insisted he would get chances with the Blues' first team during the 2013-14 campaign.
But so far on the back of just three appearances in the league it would appear that de Bruyne is not one of Mourinho's favoured midfielders, with the manager going so far as to walk out on journalists questioning him about the Belgian's continued absence from the first team earlier in the season.
And now Leverkusen, who have enjoyed a brilliant start to the campaign which sees them sat second behind Bayern Munich, have revealed they are hopeful of bringing de Bruyne to the BayArena in January.
"We are one of many clubs interested in him," Voller said. "We're always looking for new players."
De Bruyne has insisted that it will ultimately be up to Chelsea to decide where his future lies but with game time remaining limited – he featured just once this month in the Champions League and twice last month – the Blues man will be getting itchy feet with the World Cup only six months away and his role in a squad brimming with quality increasingly uncertain.
Leverkusen are believed to be hoping to do a deal where they can have an option to buy at the end of the season, but the side will be fighting the likes of Schalke and Wolfsburg in hope of signing their target.