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Man City to launch opening £40m bid for Man United target

Man City are to offer £40m for Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin de Bruyne according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 24-year-old has greatly impressed since leaving Chelsea for Germany 18 months ago, finishing last season as the Bundesliga’s leading assist maker, and the Belgian is now the subject of growing interest.

Kevin de Bruyne was handed just two Premier League starts during his time at Stamford Bridge and proved vital to Wolfsburg’s fine campaign in 2014/15, which led to the Volkswagen Arena side securing a Champions League berth, and the Daily Telegraph claim Man City may have to fork out as much as £57m to convince the German side to sell the creative attacker.

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Etihad Stadium boss Manuel Pellegrini saw his side meekly surrender their Premier League title to Chelsea last season and has already made big moves in the summer transfer market.

Man City invested £49m in Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling (via Goal.com) and moves to capture Kevin de Bruyne would offer Pellegrini another option to help boost his attack.

Pellegrini has Argentine goal-machine Sergio Aguero on hand to act as the spearhead of his Man City attack whilst wide-attackers Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas have failed to provide a consistent level of form over the past year.

Man United have also been linked with an interest in Wolsburg star Kevin de Bruyne (via the Metro).

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