In news that will strike fear into the Wolfsburg ranks, as reported by the Daily Mail, German newspaper Sport Bild has claimed that Bayern Munich are planning a swoop for former Chelsea forward Kevin de Bruyne in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Belgian has been in fine form since joining German outfit Wolfsburg from Chelsea in January 2014.
Although he enjoyed a relatively indifferent first season at the club, he has been in prolific form this season, bagging an impressive nine goals and seventeen assists in 26 appearances thereby helping steer Wolfsburg to second in the Bundesliga and a quarter-final place in the Europa League.
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Not for now?
One factor which may hinder Bayern's clinching of De Bruyne is the former Chelsea forward's experience at Stamford Bridge. Although he was tipped for greatness when he was signed from Belgian outfit Genk in 2012, the youngster made just three appearances for the Blues and was restricted to the periphery of the team, spending the vast majority of his Chelsea career out on loan.
Therefore, his mixed experience at a "big club" like Chelsea will perhaps have made the youngster cautious to move to giants Bayern Munich too soon, with the forward keen to develop and hone his potential at Wolfsburg a little while longer.
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Meanwhile, De Bruyne's Wolfsburg team-mate Marcel Schafer has urged the 23-year-old to stay with Wolfsburg for at least another season.
He told reporters: "I think that our chances [of keeping De Bruyne] are really good. He has already experienced not getting so much time on the field at Chelsea, which is top club in Europe.
"That is why I think the best thing for him would be to stay for minimum one more year at Wolfsburg. Next year he could play Champions League here and win titles with us.
"If you want to win titles you need extraordinary players. And you really have to say that Kevin De Bruyne is at the moment the best player in the Bundesliga not only because of his stats. You can see that in every single game."
One for the future
However, if reports in Sport Bild are anything to go by, it would seem that De Bruyne is being lined up as a potential replacement for Bayern's irreplaceable Arjen Robben with the Dutchman's contract coming to an end in 2017.
For Pep Guardiola, 2017 is near enough to start planning for a post-Robben future, and it seems that the former Barcelona manager is keeping a close eye on De Bruyne's progress at Wolfsburg.
If recent reports are to be believed, the Bavarians would be willing to wait until the summer of 2016 to make a move for De Bruyne, who they believe is currently worth around £35million on current form.
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