Bayern Munich have contacted Kevin de Bruyne's representatives as they begin the difficult process of finding long-term replacements for wing wizards Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
That is according to German newspaper Sport Bild, who believe that with Robben and Ribery's contracts both expiring the 2017 the hunt is on to maintain Bayern's domestic supremacy by poaching more top talent from Bundesliga rivals.
De Bruyne has no shortage of suitors though after a tremendous first season with Wolfsburg, which has yielded 14 goals and a quite incredible 24 assists in all competitions. The former Chelsea midfielder has already been linked strongly with Manchester United and Manchester City over the last four weeks alone, but Bayern's interest is new and could prevent the brilliant Belgian making a Premier League return anytime soon.
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How much is De Bruyne now worth?
In just 14 months in Lower Saxony the 23-year-old has increased his market value significantly, which means Wolfsburg are now in a win-win situation.
Wolfsburg paid around £18m to sign the playmaker last January, but his representative Patrick De Koster believes he's worth a great deal more in the current market.
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€60m fee mentioned
De Koster was asked by Bild about interest in De Bruyne, telling Bild: "A club which now says he is ready to pay a €30 million euro transfer fee for Kevin, is talking past reality.
"A player like Kevin now has a market value of around 50, 55 or 60 million euros."
Bayern have spent big to replenish their star-studded squad in the past, so a summer move for De Bruyne cannot be ruled out. Holding off until 2016 looks far more likely though, because Robben in particular still looks a player currently operating at the peak of his powers.
De Bruyne should stay put for now
Strong interest from Europe's top clubs is a tribute to De Bruyne's true potential, which was not given the chance to flourish at Chelsea thanks a truly ruthless operator in Jose Mourinho.
The Blues would probably jump at the chance to buy De Bruyne back on current form, but with Wolfsburg on the cusp of Champions League qualification and well-placed financially to improve again next season he should be in no rush to move on just yet.
De Bruyne is the focal point of a side set up for him to shine, a similar setup will be very difficult to find if he jumps ship in the summer.
For that reason its in the strawberry-blonde bombshell's best interests to stay at Wolfsburg and continue playing at a world-class level consistently, because Bayern, United, City and the rest can wait for now.
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