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07 December 2023

Latest Chelsea transfer news: de Bruyne sale opens Rooney up

By Football Correspondent with Agencies

As talk of Wayne Rooney flies between Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League’s big clash tomorrow – Chelsea vs Manchester United, Jose Mourinho and David Moyes are both busy house cleaning in the January window.

While Anderson to Italy opens up space in United’s midfield for a player the fans are hoping will come before the end of the month rather than in the summer, the Blues offloading Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne – he has completed his to German side Wolfsburg- perhaps makes space for the special one ‘The Special One’ wants.

Jose Mourinho set off the mind games ahead of the clash suggesting in his press conference Rooney will move from United in the summer.

Moyes has hit back to insist he will not.

It is still unclear if Rooney will play tomorrow.

Kevin De Bruyne to Wolfsburg might be the move needed to free up cash and space to make room for Rooney in the summer.

De Bruyne, 22, joined Chelsea from Genk in 2012, but after going out on loan to Werder Bremen in the 2012-13 campaign, he was unable to force his way into the first-team picture this season.

"Kevin De Bruyne has today (Saturday) completed a move to Wolfsburg," Chelsea said in a statement.

"The Belgian joins the Bundesliga club having made five starts for Chelsea, with a further four appearances as a substitute."

Chelsea did not reveal the transfer fee, but reports in the German media have suggested that Wolfsburg were prepared to pay around 20 million euros (£16.5 million, $27.1 million) for the Belgium international.

Chelsea only paid around £7 million to secure his services, but his stock rose in Germany after he scored 10 goals in 34 appearances during his loan spell at Bremen.