Manchester City look close to sealing the signing of Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after news that a £50m bid has been accepted by the Bundesliga club, according to the Independent (via Bild).
The Belgian international had an outstanding season last year, scoring ten goals and providing 20 assists for his team-mates to help the club to second place in the German top flight.
Despite previously failing to become a regular in his time at Chelsea, De Bruyne’s fine form last term has seen him become regarded as one of the best attacking players in Europe, and it now looks like he will become City’s record signing.
Reuters confirmed earlier this summer that Raheem Sterling had become the club’s most expensive purchase ever after moving from Liverpool for £49m, but if the Independent’s report that De Bruyne would cost £50m is accurate, then he would surpass that.
City have made a strong start to the season with two wins from their first two games, including a convincing 3-0 win over last season’s champions Chelsea.
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De Bruyne’s arrival will arguably confirm Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s status as this season’s title favourites, with the club looking rejuvenated after a difficult campaign last term, which saw them finish some way behind Chelsea in second place, and with no silverware in any other competitions they participated in.
De Bruyne, however, has shown how influential he can be and would make a superb partner for a player like Sergio Aguero, with his record for assists likely to complement the Argentine’s superb finishing ability.