Published On: Mon, Jun 3rd, 2013

Mourinho’s first Chelsea signing hits snag

Jose Mourinho may have suffered a transfer blow on his first day back as Chelsea manager, according to reports.

The widely-anticipated arrival of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen appears to have hit a snag, Sky Sports claim, as Kevin De Bruyne is unsure whether to head in the opposite direction on loan.

Instead, the winger is more interested in a move to Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund, according to the German club’s director of sport Michael Zorc.

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The Belgian has spent the last season on loan at Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, and his form has seemingly attracted the attention of a number of clubs in Germany.

However, it appears Chelsea have not been sufficiently impressed to recall him, and so it appears his wait for a Blues debut will go on.

De Bruyne joined the Stamford Bridge club in January 2012 from Belgian side Genk, but is still yet to make a first-team appearance for Chelsea.

However, it appears his presence is still causing complications for the Blues, with him seemingly being unwilling to act as a makeweight in a deal to bring Schurrle to the Premier League.

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Zorc certainly believes that to be the case, with Dortmund looking to add to their squad in order to wrestle the Bundesliga title from Bayern Munich.

He told German magazine Kicker, as reported by the broadcaster: “De Bruyne only wants to come to us.”

One potential stumbling block in a deal to take De Bruyne to Dortmund is that Chelsea may be unwilling to let him go on a permanent deal.

A loan option may be better for Leverkusen, according to the broadcaster, so it appears that this is one saga which could continue to run throughout the summer.

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