Chelsea tell Wolfsburg to pay £25m if they want to sign De Bruyne

Wolfsburg are keen to sign Kevin De Bruyne this month, but Chelsea have slapped a whopping £25million price tag on his head.

The Belgian international midfielder initially joined the Blues in January 2012, but was allowed to stay with Genk to see out the season. He was then farmed out to Werder Bremen for the duration of the 2012-13 campaign, and when he returned to London last summer, he did so with 32 Bundesliga appearances and 10 goals to his name.

De Bruyne hoped to then be given the chance to impress in the Premier League, but despite starting in the opening day 2-0 win over Hull City, he has since gone on to make just one more start with another outing as a substitute. Wolfsburg are keen to take the player this month, and his agent has revealed such a move would suit his client.

“Another loan wouldn’t be good for the player or the club,” Patrick De Koster told Press Association Sport. “The player and his family would like to secure a permanent solution because he has been out on loan already twice. His preference is to go back to the Bundesliga. There have been discussions with Wolfsburg and also with other clubs.”

However, according to The Telegraph, Chelsea have told Wolfsburg that they want a staggering £25million to release De Bruyne. Jose Mourinho’s still believes the youngster will blossom in to a top-class player, and is reluctant to let him leave on the cheap. Although the German club are hugely unlikely to go anywhere near this valuation, it is understood they will test the water by making at least one bid for his signature in the coming weeks.


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