Reports: Manchester City to announce Kevin de Bruyne transfer on Monday
Former Chelsea midfielder, Kevin de Bruyne, whose been a hot transfer topic this summer looks set to sign for English giants Manchester City, report Sky.
City have reportedly agreed a £50.4m deal with Wolfsburg and will likely announce the transfer on Monday – 24th August – ending one of this summer's longest protracted sagas. The 24-year-old started Wolfsburg game against Cologne this weekend, but it looks like he's agreed a five-year deal with the Citizens signing a contract worth £200,000-a-week.
When Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, was asked about the potential transfer on Friday, he refused to divulge any information.
"I don't talk about rumours," he said. "I have to talk about so many players, it is impossible. When things are finished, then I can talk about them.
"The window closes on 1 September. Before that, nobody knows what happens."
The Wolfsburg midfielder was one of the Bundesliga's best players last summer even claiming the title 'Bundesliga Player of the Year'. Manchester City have been after him ever since and think they can once again challenge for the title given the Belgian's prowess in controlling a midfield. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, also made a last ditch attempt to try and lure the midfielder to the capital.
City's summer has been good
Kevin de Bruyne will be Manchester City's fourth high-profile transfer after the club sanctioned moves for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Nicolas Otamendi.
Given how de Bruyne played at Wolfsburg, it looks like he'll play alongside a midfield of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and David Silva possibly occupying that right midfield slot currently occupied by Jesus Navas.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are still on the lookout for more players making enquiries and moves for the likes of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, Juventus' Paul Pogba and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.
They've already let go the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Steven Jovetic, Edin Dzeko and Scott Sinclair and potentially listening to offers for Samir Nasri, Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala – the latter of the three who put in a spectacular performance against Chelsea last weekend.
Manchester City take on Everton this week and will he hoping to stop the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku who completely demolished Southampton last weekend. Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart – who form the City spine – will look to carry on their winning streak and topple Leicester City from the top of the table.