Friday 20 July 2018

Manchester City close in on €70m deal for Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne could be on the move from Wolfsburg
Kevin De Bruyne could be on the move from Wolfsburg
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City appear to be closing in on their latest big money capture as reports in Germany claim they have agreed a massive £50.4m (€70m) deal to sign Wolfsburg forward Kevin De Bruyne.

Former Chelsea star De Bruyne has been linked with a move to City all summer and his agent was keen to play down reports earlier in the week suggesting his client had agreed to stay at Wolfsburg for another season.

Now it seems as if the move De Bruyne has been pushing for is close to being finalised, with the huge fee set to make the attacking star the second most expensive signing in English soccer history behind Manchester United's Angel Di Maria.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to talk about his interest in De Bruyne at his press briefing on Friday, but Bild newspaper are now suggesting the player who scored 10 Bundesliga goals last season will fly to England imminently to complete a medical in Manchester.

It would take City's spending for this summer to fresh heights, after their £49m capture of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool and the £32m signing of Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia earlier this week.

De Bruyne will be keen to prove himself in his second stint as a Premier League player, after Jose Mourinho questioned his ability to deal with the pressure of playing for him at Chelsea.

"I wanted to keep him and he told me it was not in his personality to be competing for a position in the team," stated Mourinho.

“He needed a team where he knows he can play every game. He needs to know that he is important.

“He did not want a team where he thinks am I playing or not? He needs that trust, he needs that quality. He needs that security. So I was not happy when he left.

“He was not training very well and he was saying: ‘I can’t give you more. This is just my way.’

“So yes, I accept that if this is his mentality and it’s his choice to go, it is better for Chelsea to make a good deal."

Mourinho will now be hoping the youngster he sold at Chelsea does not come back to haunt him in this season's Premier League title race and after paying £18m to sign De Bruyne in January 2014, Wolfsburg are set to make a huge profit on a player who was one of the stars of the Bundesliga last season.

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