Manchester City have opened talks with Wolfsburg about a potential move for their key man Kevin De Bruyne, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail suggest that the Citizens have already agreed a four-year deal with the former Chelsea midfielder, with an option for a further year, but are still yet to agree a fee for the Belgian. The Mail report that the Premier League side intend to pay around £40m for the 24-year-old, but accept they may have to pay as much as £50m.
Should Dieter Hecking dig his heels in, and demand the larger amount from the Etihad outfit, it will be the second time that the club have spent that kind of figure this summer, following the £49m deal for Raheem Sterling last week (via Independent).
Along with Sterling and the club’s other new signing Fabian Delph, De Bruyne would become latest attempt from Manuel Pellegrini to freshen up his squad. The side that won their first Premier League title three years ago has remained relatively similar over the last few years, and appeared to reach the end of its cycle last season.
The new trio – should De Bruyne sign – are three of the most promising names in the game right now. While Delph and Sterling bring bags of energy to their respective positions, De Bruyne is arguably the most proven of the three.
He has become the talisman of the German side, and had a direct hand in 30 goals in the top flight last season. Ten of which came directly from him, while an astonishing 20 were set up for teammates. If he can have a similar impact at Eastlands, City may well be celebrating their third league crown in five seasons.
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