The agent of Kevin de Bruyne has confirmed that he's held transfer talks with Manchester City ahead of the summer window.
De Bruyne has been in inspired form this term for Wolfsburg since joining from Chelsea in a £18 million deal, bagging 10 goals and 17 assists in the Bundesliga to help take his side to the brink of Champions League qualification.
That form has attracted the interest of Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as his former club Chelsea. Recent reports have also suggested that Bayern Munich could be gearing up to make a £45 million swoop when the window opens.
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However while the Bavarians appear to be favourites to land the 23-year-old, agent Patrick De Koster has revealed that talks over a move to the Etihad Stadium are on-going.
“I have met the people from Manchester City and we know each other," he told the Guardian. “For the moment, there are no formal discussions. Of course, in the next few weeks I will going around the world to talk about the situation with Kevin but this is just informal information.
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Der Koster also revealed that despite the rumours of interest from Old Trafford, that so far no contact had been made.
He explained: “I’ve never spoken to anyone from Manchester United but a lot of other clubs have been in touch to find out some general information.
De Bruyne failed to make an impression during his time with Chelsea after he joined the Blues from Genk in 2012. He made just three Premier League starts during his time at Stamford Bridge before an apparent bust up with Jose Mourinho, who publicly criticised the Belgian's performance during a Capital One Cup tie.
That may damage Chelsea's chances of re-signing the playmaker, and could play into the hands of Manchester City.
The Citizens are likely to undergo something of an overhaul this summer and have been linked with the likes of Paul Pogba and Jack Wilshere. If they do sign on the dotted line then it could be under a new boss with the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini.
The Chilean has overseen Manchester City's failed title defence this season and could be replaced by Jurgen Klopp who recently announced his decision to step down from his role at Borussia Dortmund.
Kevin de Bruyne is showing what a special talent he is this season, and it's no surprise that he's wanted by the very best.
Whether he wants a return to the Premier League is another matter. The Belgian had his fingers burned last time round but he's emerged a better player for it - and now De Bruyne is going to reap the rewards.