The Belgium international was signed by the Blues from Genk in 2012, but they immediately loaned him back to his boyhood club before then sending him out to German side Werder Bremen for the following campaign.
Upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival at boss at Stamford Bridge De Bruyne was given his Chelsea chance, yet after six months, in which he failed to convince the ‘Special One’ of his abilities, Wolfsburg came in with an £18m offer and snapped up the now 23-year-old.
And since his move away to the Volkswagen-backed Bundesliga side, the attacking midfielder has shone.
He already has a staggering 11 assists to his name this season and recently notched one of his six league goals this term in a shock win over table topping Bayern Munich.
The Premier League leaders have already pulled off a similar deal in the not so distant past, bringing midfield star Nemanja Matic back from Benfica.