Wednesday 13 November 2019

Man City ready to lodge €65m bid to land Belgian star

Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly attracting the attention of Manchester City
Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly attracting the attention of Manchester City

Mark Ogden

Manchester City are preparing to lodge a €65m bid for Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne in an attempt to add the Belgian midfielder to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad in time for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea at the Etihad.

City begin their Premier League campaign against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Monday evening, having spent £49m on Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and £8m to trigger Fabian Delph’s release clause at Aston Villa so far this summer.

De Bruyne, 24, is City’s remaining target this transfer window, however, and the club now believe a deal can be struck with Wolfsburg, despite the German outfit insisting they have no need or desire to sell the player, who arrived from Chelsea in an £18m deal in January 2014.

Backed financially by car manufacturer Volkswagen, and having qualified for this season’s Champions League as runners-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last term, Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has repeatedly stated that De Bruyne will stay at the club.

But having failed to succeed in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho, De Bruyne is understood to have told Wolfsburg that he wants to take the opportunity to return to England with City.

Wolfsburg are likely to hold out for at least £50m for De Bruyne, but with City aborting a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba earlier this summer due to the Frenchman’s wage demands and Juve’s £71m transfer fee, strenuous efforts are being made to ensure that De Bruyne arrives to bolster Pellegrini’s squad this week.

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