Manchester City are looking to step up their efforts to sign Kevin De Bruyne and will use director of football Txiki Begiristain to watch him when Wolfsburg take in Inter Milan in the second-leg of their Europa League clash tomorrow night.
The Belgium international has become one of the Bundesliga's leading figures this term and as a result has attracted attention from the likes of City, Paris Saint-Germain and even Manchester United. That’s all despite the fact he was frozen out at Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho turning him into an outcast even though he was tipped for big things.
De Bruyne regret
How the Blues boss must be regretting his decision now, as De Bruyne has well and truly proved that the failure to give him first-team opportunities was a considerable oversight. The fact that he has registered nine goals and 16 assists during his debut season with Wolfsburg in Germany’s top flight has resonated across Europe, and City may well seek to rub salt into Chelsea wounds by offering him a return to the Premier League.
That’s at least what the Daily Mail believe, with the publication stating that the powers that be at the Etihad Stadium would be willing to part with £35 million in order to get their man. Given the fact that Manuel Pellegrini’s side look to have surrendered their Premier League crown fairly tamely to Chelsea the notion that a summer of investment is nigh is believable, and De Bruyne has proven he’s a certified game-changer when given the chance.
Indeed City fans ought to look forward to his arrival if the young playmaker does head to Manchester at the end of the season. Wolfsburg are looking to tie him down to a deal that would run until 2020, but he would certainly be another string to an already lethal City bow if he could be convinced to make a triumphant career u-turn and head back to English shores.
Where he fits in
At the moment it’s the likes of David Silva and Samir Nasri who are charged with creating in the same manner that De Bruyne does, but age is very much on the latter man’s side, and he could certainly oust Nasri if his form from this season was mimicked in City colours.
It remains to be seen just how hostile Wolfsburg will be when approaching potential negotiations for their star man, but City might just boast the financial might and pulling power to override any tactics the German’s might employ to retain De Bruyne’s services. The one thing that is abundantly clear throughout all of this is that Mourinho might be left a very bitter man indeed.
Chelsea fans, how gutted would you be to see De Bruyne return to City on a wave of success? City fans, would you welcome him to your fold? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...