Report: Manchester City line up £45 million bid for Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City are expected to complete the signing of Kevin De Bryune from Wolfsburg, according to a report in the Daily Star. The Belgian midfielder will reportedly undergo a medical with the Citizens, and could be available to make his debut next week against his old club Chelsea.
Kevin De Bruyne was sold by Chelsea in 2014 after failing to establish himself in the starting lineup, with Jose Mourinho recently claiming that the Belgian was sold because he couldn’t handle the rigours of the Premier League. He went on to make 50 appearances for Wolfsburg in the following season, scoring 13 goals and notching up 26 assists as he inspired his side to a second place finish in the Bundesliga as well as DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup victories.
Manchester City are completely convinced by De Bryune’s huge talent and potential due to his form last season and have also received a glowing endorsement from captain Vincent Kompany.
Agent expects Manchester City move for De Bryune to go down in the coming days
With the player already interested in making a return to the Premier League, the club will be aiming to make a formal offer to Wolfsburg very soon. His agent spoke about the situation in an interview with Guardian Sport and seemed optimistic about move’s progress.
“It is a question for Wolfsburg but we are expecting some progress in the coming days,” said De Bryune’s agent Patrick De Koster.
“At this stage we have not heard anything about an offer but that could change at any time. I have a good relationship with [City’s director of football] Txiki Begiristain and he knows what is required. When you see the amount that Chelsea are being told they have to pay for John Stones then it’s obvious what kind of price we are talking about.”
City will reportedly sign De Bruyne for a fee of £45 million and will offer him a six-year contract worth £140,000-a-week. His arrival at the Etihad Stadium will make City the highest spenders in the Premier League with their total expenditure amounting to £104 million, which includes the £49 million spent on Raheem Sterling earlier in the window.
But cash-rich club will have to wait patiently for the Belgian, as Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has recently admitted that the club have no need to sell one of their prized assets.
“There is an agreement between both parties that we will wait and see what happens. We have a very strong relationship with Klaus Allofs and if the time comes then we will sit down and talk about a new contract.”