Chelsea have told German club Wolfsburg it will cost £25 million to sign out-of-favour Kevin De Bruyne on a permanent deal this month.

That eye-watering figure has not put off Wolfsburg, though, who will try to negotiate Chelsea's asking price down but are ready to spend big on De Bruyne.

Wolfsburg officials are understood to have met Chelsea on Monday to try to thrash out a deal for De Bruyne.

The Belgian midfielder wants to leave Stamford Bridge for good and is attracted by the prospect of returning to Germany, where he spent a successful season on loan at Werder Bremen.