Wolfsburg are paving the way for midfield playmaker Diego’s exit and his possible transfer to Atletico Madrid.
The Germans are resigned to losing the Brazilian, either in January or at the end of the season when his contract expires, and according to Bild are reportedly targeting Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne as his replacement.
The Belgian international spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen and several teams, including Wolfsburg, are keen to take him back to Germany, a fact Coach Dieter Hacking did not try to hide.
“We tried to sign De Bruyne last summer and in the end he couldn’t leave Chelsea, but we are still interested in him,” he admitted.
Diego’s father and agent Djair Cunha said last week that he had already spoken to Atletico, where his son spent a successful 2011-12 season on loan, and Kicker is adamant that De Bruyne is the priority to replace him.
“Wolfsburg are looking for a successor to Diego and De Bruyne is their first choice” it reports.