Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has admitted the club may be forced to sell Kevin de Bruyne if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The Bundesliga outfit are currently second in the table and are seven points ahead of third placed Schalke 04. Their spectacular form has been helped by the arrival of De Bruyne who himself has been the standout player in the entire league.
So far, he has scored eight goals and assisted a further 11 in 20 Bundesliga starts, reportedly drawing the attention of both Manchester United and Chelsea.
With interest starting to gather in De Bruyne, Allofs admits they will find it hard to keep him if they fall out of the Champions League places.
He told Kicker: "We must be careful, Kevin could leave if there is no qualification for the next Champions League.
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"All the interested clubs are watching, but one thing is certain. If they want Kevin they will have to deep dig in their pockets to find the necessary funds. Many clubs therefore have no chance of buying him."
Where will he go?
Chelsea sold the forward last January in an £18 million deal but are already being linked with a move to bring him back to Stamford Bridge. They would need to pay as much as £30 million, but Jose Mourinho has had no hesitation with re-signing former stars in the past.
Nemanja Matic was originally given away to Benfica before being bought back for over £20 million. There would be no surprise if Mourinho did the same with De Bruyne. The bigger question is whether De Bruyne would trust Mourinho to give him adequate time in the first team.
With new arrival Juan Cuadrado and Eden Hazard likely to be the first choice wingers for the foreseeable future, it is hard to see Chelsea signing De Bruyne without first parting with a current star.
Similarly, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has struggled to fit Adnan Januzaj into his line-up this season and will hardly be thinking of spending money on an another winger when his defensive line continues to crumble.
Although yet to be linked, Bayern Munich looks like the perfect destination for De Bruyne. Both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are the wrong side of 30 and will need replacing soon. As soon as Pep Guardiola is interested in a player, Van Gaal and Mourinho will have no chance.
Would Chelsea fans welcome De Bruyne back at Stamford Bridge and would Manchester United fans want to see a former Chelsea star in their famous red shirt? Give us your opinion in the comments section below!
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