Wolfsburg have confirmed that while there are clubs interested in attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, they are not expecting the player to depart this summer.
The playmaker has been heavily tipped to leave the Bundesliga side during the transfer window, with both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain understood to be keen on his signature.
The Express reported that City are plotting a move for the midfielder, while Het Laatste Nieuws, via Le 10 Sport, understanding that both the Citizens and the reigning French champions have offered a €15 million-per-annum contract to the player, a mouth-watering fee for the 24-year-old.
The Express note that both Manchester United and Arsenal are both understood to be keen on the midfielder, although as yet, no bid has been confirmed.
According to Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs, speaking to Sky Sports [via the Mirror], the Bundesliga side are yet to receive any ‘serious’ offers from any clubs for the Diables Rouges star.
“The situation is unchanged,” he began, “so it’s the latest one but we don’t want to sell him. As everybody knows he has a contract until 2019. We have not had serious offers, written offers but I know that there are some clubs are interested, this is not a secret.”
The Mirror report that the Citizens are plotting a £60 million bid for the player, an offer which would surely tempt the Champions League-bound Germans.
De Bruyne his coming off the back of a magnificent campaign in Germany, having managed 15 goals and 25 assists during a terrific campaign for the Wolves.
He is currently under contract at the Volkswagen Arena until 2019, and Allofs is confident that he will not be leaving the Lower Saxony outfit this summer.
“He’s happy with us, I think he made the right choice when he came to Wolfsburg and he was not so happy with Chelsea, he was not a [first-choice] player, and he made the right step for him, and it was also the right step for Wolfsburg and now he is happy.”
However, the former Germany international and ex-European Championship winner has admitted that De Bruyne is unlikely to see out his full four-year contract, potentially giving the Citizens hope of signing their man in the future.
“And we know we were not going to keep him until 2019, and even not until 2018 but he’s played just one-and-a-half years with us and so I think even if he stays, and this is very probably the case, he will be happy.”