Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to have his wish of leaving Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis granted, as Chelsea have slapped an exorbitant £25million price tag on his head.
The Belgian has started only five games for the Blues and appears to have fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho, who has publicly criticised his displays in the past.
With the World Cup in Brazil fast approaching, the attacking midfielder seems intent on leaving the club in pursuit of first-team football in order to cement his place in the Belgium squad this summer.
With the vast array of talent in his position at Chelsea, including Oscar, Willian, and compatriot Eden Hazard, he is unlikely to be presented with many opportunities at the Bridge; yet the Chelsea hierarchy seem reluctant to allow the gifted youngster to leave on a permanent basis, so have sought to scare off potential suitors with the excessive price tag.
De Bruyne, who cost Chelsea just £7million when they signed him from Genk in 2012, has a number of suitors across Europe, although he seems keen to return to the Bundesliga, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell with Werder Bremen last season.
Wolfsburg, Schalke, and Bayer Leverkusen are among those credited with an interest in the playmaker, with reports suggesting the former have already opened negotiations with the Blues. However, it is believed that they are only willing to offer £17million.
Chelsea may be tempted to sell for a slightly lower fee, though, as they look to do business of their own, including the possible additions of Nemanja Matic and Freddy Guarin from Benfica and Inter Milan respectively.
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