Saturday, 30th July, 2011

Roma could well emerge as competitors to Chelsea for the signature of Genk forward Kevin De Bruyne.

The Stamford Bridge side have been tracking De Bruyne for most of the summer and appeared well set to complete a triple swoop for Belgian starlets, with Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku expected to land under Andre Villas-Boas’ wing. However, just goalkeeper Courtois has been signed so far, and then instantly loaned to Atletico Madrid for the season.

And Chelsea’s moves for Lukaku and De Bruyne, from Anderlecht and Genk respectively, are taking longer to complete.

This has led Roma to ponder the possibility of a late move for De Bruyne.

The Giallorossi are preparing to sell Mirko Vucinic and in line with the club’s new policy of buying young talents, De Bruyne has appeared on their list of potential acquisitions.

Nevertheless, Chelsea are clear favourites ahead of Roma for the Belgian, with the Blues well advanced in discussions to take the 20-year-old to England.

Interest from Roma though may intensify these.

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