Manchester City need £50m to open talks for Chelsea flop

Manchester City will need to make a bid of £50million in order to prize Kevin de Bruyne away from Wolfsburg, Daily Mail reports.

De Bruyne has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League in recent weeks, with Man City extremely keen on the former Chelsea flop.

The Citizens have already submitted a £46million bid in an attempt to make De Bruyne hand in a transfer request with the belief that their £200,000-a-week contract offer would sway the Belgium international.

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However, the Bundesliga side are unwilling to budge from their £50million valuation, and according to De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster, the attacking midfielder won’t be forcing the issue either.

“There is no way we would do something like that,” said De Koster.

“We have a good relationship with Wolfsburg and a transfer request is not something that happens in Germany. At this stage we have not received a call to say that any bid has been accepted and until we do, Kevin will stay where he is.”

This means City must cough up the asking price before they can begin talks with the 24-year-old, who struggled for first-team football while under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

But De Bruyne went on to have an amazing 2014-2015 campaign for Wolfsburg, winning the Bundesliga Player of the Year accolade after scoring 16 goals and supplying 28 assists.