Manchester City could be about to miss out on two of their main targets this summer, with both Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba’s future appearing to be elsewhere, according to The Telegraph.
Both players have established themselves as two of the most exciting midfielders in Europe, following fantastic years at Wolfsburg and Juventus, respectively.
Despite being discarded as a Chelsea flop, De Bruyne has rebuilt his career in the Bundesliga, helping Dieter Hecking’s men finish second in the top flight and lift the German Cup for the first time in their history. Amazingly, no player across the continent finished with more assists than the 24-year-old.
Meanwhile, Pogba’s career continues to win admirers. Like De Bruyne, his inability to make it in the Premier League – with Manchester United unwilling to give him his chance – has seen him become one of the world’s best, elsewhere. He drove the Old Lady to the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia, and only Barcelona denied them the Champions League.
Understandly, both players have been attracting Manuel Pellegrini’s attention (via The Telegraph). City’s inability to keep in touch with Premier League champions Chelsea suggested that their ageing squad had long gone past their peak, and new – young – faces were required. The previously mentioned pair have already proved that they have the talent to compete with the very best, but are also young enough that they may still have unrealised potential, as scary a thought as that is.
However, The Telegraph suggest that they are now facing an uphill battle to convince either to move to the Etihad. Wolfsburg are adamant that they do not need to sell De Bruyne, while Pogba plans to wait to see the outcome of the Barcelona presidential elections before making his decision.
While the De Bruyne deal appears dead in the water for now, there still seems to be some hope that a move for the Frenchman could be arranged. Juventus have slapped a £71m price tag on the player, which The Telegraph report City are willing to pay.
Should they manage to pull off what would be the deal of the summer so far however, the Belgium winger may be tempted to reconsider his options, and may decide that now is the perfect time to rectify the unfinished business he has in the English game.
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