Chelsea demand €30m from Wolfsburg for Kevin de Bruyne

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Chelsea have demanded that Wolfsburg cough up €30 million for want away playmaker Kevin de Bruyne.

The Blues turned down offers for the Belgian over the summer with a view of integrating him into the first team this season - however that hasn't been the case and he looks likely to depart in January.

A host of German clubs including Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach are said to be interested in landing the 22-year-old, with Wolfsburg leading the chase.

According to HLN, sporting director of Wolfsburg Klaus Allofs met with Chelsea officials to discuss a potential move earlier this week.

However a deal appears to be someway off, with Chelsea holding out for an offer of €30 million for the player they signed from Genk for €8 million in 2012.

Wolfsburg, which is De Bruyne's preferred destination, are hoping to get the deal done for a fee closer to €20 million.

According to the Belgian source, Chelsea are holding out for such a high fee with one eye on Financial Fair Play, having announced losses of close to £50 million on New Years' eve.

Despite the obstacles in the way, HLN report that a deal is likely to be struck before the close of the January window that will make De Bruyne, who is keen for regular playing time ahead of the World Cup this summer, the 4th most expensive Belgian ever, behind Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, and Marouane Fellaini.

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