Chelsea may have abandoned Kevin De Bruyne's opportunities in the Premier League, but Manuel Pellegrini is set to give the Belgian a second chance in the big time in the hope that he can come back to haunt his former side to assist in back-to-back title victories.
Yaya Toure will be heading out to the African Cup of Nations through January, so it has to be said that Manchester City will be on the prowl for a temporary replacement for the Ivorian.
De Bruyne may not carry the same physical threat as Toure, but he certainly holds the same goalscoring confidence as the 31-year-old. So far he's got six goals since joining Wolfsburg last January which could persuade the Chilean boss to edge closer to penning a deal for him.
His move to the Bundesliga side came about when Jose Mourinho revealed that he was unimpressed with the Belgian and thought it would be best if he allowed another club to help improve his qualities and that is something that Wolfsburg have certainly done in the space less than a year as they sit comfortably in second place behind Bayern Munich.
But his superior increase in talent came apparent at the World Cup during the summer in Brazil where he featured so impressively for Belgium. Not only did he receive countless man of the match awards, he also helped the Red Devils onto a quarter final tie with Argentina courtesy of an extra time goal against the United States.
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According to the Daily Mirror, Pellegrini will have to fork out £20 million in order to land the midfielder who could be used in the future as a full time replacement for loanee Frank Lampard who is set to return to parent club New York City in January, also.
City have been knocked back by several injuries and Financial Fair Play restrictions, so they must capitalise on the opportunity to bring fresh talent to the Etihad Stadium.
But Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping that De Bruyne can do the opposite of what he did at Stamford Bridge in 2012. The 23-year-old made just three appearances for Chelsea before being loaned out to Werder Bremen in the 2012/13 season where he scored a prosperous 10 goals in 33 games ahead of a return to West London.
However, a disastrous second chance at the Bridge went unforgiven by Mourinho unsurprisingly and he was consequently sold to Wolfsburg.
But ever since his departure from the Premier League, things couldn't have gone much better for the midfielder and with a possible return on the cards, it could be an opportunity that De Bruyne will take with both hands.
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