Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg have been priced-out of a potential move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, after the Premier League side slapped a £30million asking-price on the Belgium international.
The German side were linked with a permanent move for the 21-year-old, who has impressed during two loan spells in the past two seasons, but after being told about the striker’s price-tag, the club have all-but ruled themselves out of the race.
Wolfsburg manager Klaus Allofs, admitted in an interview that the new Financial Fair Play rules will not allow them to spend £30m on one player.
He told Bild: “We can’t say that we are ready to invest €40m (£32m).
“At VfL Wolfsburg we can’t say that price is not a problem.
“There are rules which must be followed.”
As for other interest in Lukaku, Everton are considering a £23m bid plus add-ons, but it’s believed Chelsea want the £30m up front and in full, which could end any chance of the striker leaving the club.
The Belgium international admitted earlier this season that he does not want to go out on loan again.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles