Manchester City could be set to swoop for VfL Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin De Bruyne after reports claim that the Belgian’s contract negotiations with his current club have hit a stumbling block.
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The Sun report that the Wolves had supposedly scheduled a meeting this week to discuss an improved deal with the German side; however, negotiations haven’t taken place and De Bruyne is said to be frustrated, thus considering his future.
The delay could be a ploy to encourage a bidding war for his signature, with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all interested and could potentially go head-to-head in the summer window, the newspaper state.
The Citizens’ fierce Premier League rivals Manchester United were also linked to the midfielder earlier this year [Express], although it remains to be seen if the Red Devils will make a formal approach for the Wolfsburg man.
According to The Sun, the former Chelsea midfielder is valued at £30 million, while The Guardian have previously said he could be worth as much as £50 million. Nonetheless, the trio are said to be prepared to pay the sizeable for a player who broke the Bundesliga assist-record by setting up a stunning 2o goals in his first full campaign in Germany’s top flight at the Volkswagen Arena.
Jose Mourinho wasn’t convinced by the Belgium international, and opted to offload the exciting playmaker for £18 million last January.
De Bruyne could therefore be out for revenge by considering a move to one of the Portuguese manager’s English rivals.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a significant revival since leaving Stamford Bridge. He managed less than 10 appearances for the Blues, but has been one of the first names on Dieter Hecking’s team sheet – scoring 15 goals and registering 25 assists in all competitions this term.