Last Updated: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:24
Aston Villa face competition from Atletico Madrid and four Bundesliga clubs if they want to bring Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne in on loan.
Sources in Belgium indicate that the Spanish outfit, who are splitting the big two in La Liga and look set to reach the Champions League knockout phase, are serious contenders for the 22-year-old's signature.
Villa are weighing up whether to make a move for de Bruyne in January after Paul Lambert watched him and striker Christian Benteke in action a week ago in Brussels.
The player's wages are unlikely to be a major sticking point but Lambert has been averse to loaning players for the benefit of other clubs in the past and may shy away from a deal anyway.
Schalke are leading the pack of German clubs keen on the Belgian with Werder Bremen, who had de Bruyne on loan last season, stipulating that they will only take him on a loan with an option to buy basis.
Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund are the other options said to be open to the ex-Racing Genk star.
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