Manchester City makes a fresh £50-million bid for Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City has placed a fresh £50-million bid for Kevin De Bruyne, but according to VfL Wolfsburg it’s still £7-miillion short of their asking price. The new deal was set to have gone through on Friday which is an increase from their £47-million bid on Monday.
Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to get the deal done within the next two weeks by offering the 24-year old Belgian star a six-year deal worth more than £200,000-a-week. De Bruyne though is happy at Wolfsburg and is not prepared to push for an exit, which is why City are forced to increase their bid.
According to De Bruyne’s representative Paul De Koster: “There is no way we would do something like that.
“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.”
Wolfsburg will make a huge profit from the Belgian if he is sold for their asking price of £57-million, which £39-million more than the sum they had paid to acquire him in 2014.
Kevin De Bruyne has been the target of many top European clubs after his brilliant spell at Wolfsburg last season, but it is to be seen if he will move to Manchester City to play in the Premier League again.
City plan a Mangala swap deal for Otamendi
Manchester City have already expressed their desire to return to the top of the Premier League by paying £49-million for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling. They are also looking to improve their defence by signing Valencia’s centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.
The combination of Otamendi and Zabaleta could set up a strong defence for City, while De Bruyne and Sterling could add pace down the wings.
Valencia who seem certain that they won’t be able to retain Otamendi, will be looking to get £35-million from the Argentine. There is also the possibility that Eliaquim Mangala will be part of the deal, as Valencia are looking at the Frenchmen to replace the Argentine defender.
City have already signed Sterling and Fabian Delph this season, and the addition of either De Bruyne or Otamendi will give the team a boost.
Manchester City will be facing Chelsea on Sunday where they will hope to defeat the reigning Champions, to set up a good start to their season.