The arrival of controversial Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has allowed the scouting crew at Manchester City to turn their attention elsewhere, but they still have their eyes planted firmly in the expensive department, despite splashing out £49million on their latest recruit.
Now, Manuel Pellegrini could pay another huge sum of money to bring former Chelsea reject Kevin De Bruyne to the Etihad Stadium.
Competition for signature
Though City aren't the only team interested in the Belgian midfielder, a return to the Premier League would be De Bruyne's first choice as he would want to show Jose Mourinho what he had missed out on - a job already half completed at Wolfsburg after proving to being one of Europe's top assisters last term.
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However, fending off interest from Paris Saint Germain won't be an easy task, as it is thought that £50m is the highest amount of cash that Pellegrini will offer to Wolfsburg, according to the Daily Mail.
Is De Bruyne worth it?
A lot of teams would baulk at De Bruyne's price tag, but only those that have seen him play on a regular basis would welcome a player of £50m comfortably.
I am fortunate enough to tune into ITV4's Monday night screening of the Bundesliga highlights regularly, and so can recall picking out De Bruyne as a future Premier League threat. Now, here we are discussing the prospect of him joining the former champions.
The 24-year-old is the ideal midfielder, boasting venomous vision and a keen eye for goal, even from the most outrageous of distances, very much similar to City's current central midfielder, Yaya Toure.
Take the time to enjoy a few of his best strikes on YouTube. Trust me, you won't regret taking twenty minutes out of your day to do so.
Will he fit in at City?
It's always hard to tell when someone from an overseas league will impress in the English top flight, but I can't find any reason why he should flop.
I watched him make his Chelsea debut against Hull City on the season opener of the 2013/14 campaign and he caused the opposition serious problems. After that appearance though he hardly featured for the Blues, before eventually being shipped out to Wolfsburg, where he has since thrived.
After cultivating a tower of confidence, should he carry that form across to the Premier League he could be the missing piece to City's jigsaw. The one that thwarted them in retaining the title last season.
The lack of quality from players such as Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas in 2014/15 is what really cost Pellegrini's men the title. By replacing those midfielders with Raheem Sterling and De Bruyne, players with consistent talent, they could be lifting the trophy again in May.
City fans, would you be happy if Pellegrini spend big on De Bruyne? Let us know in the comments box below.
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