After much speculation Kevin De Bruyne has finally completed his multi-million pound move to German team Wolfsburg. Although the deal has been reported to be for an undisclosed fee, many sources have speculated De Bruyne was sold for a fee around £16 million.
The deal represents a £9 million profit for Chelsea who brought De Bruyne from Genk for £7 million in 2012. However, many Chelsea fans will be left baffled as to why De Bruyne was sold for such a profit considering he only played in 9 Chelsea matches throughout his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
The answer to that lays in his loan deal with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. In 33 Bundesliga appearances he scored 10 goals and assisted a further 9. Such productivity in one of Europe's greatest leagues made De Bruyne a hot commodity and despite much clamoring from other European clubs, Mourinho found the opportunity to manage such a prodigious talent irresistible.
A picture below details just how dangerous De Bruyne was for Werder Bremen last season. In many of the categories listed he outperformed Chelsea's attacking midfielders.
*stats were taken before the season had ended
Furthermore, it also goes to show the diligence Chelsea are taking in the market. Chelsea rarely make profits in the transfer market and with many more young stars out on loan such as: Thibaut Courtouis, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Atsu, Oriol Romeu, Victor Moses, Ryan Bertrand, Lucas Piazon and Marko Marin, Chelsea can either expect world class players to rejoin them, or to make more profits like they have done with De Bruyne.
*statistics taken from WhoScored.