Manchester City are to begin their quest to get back atop the Premier League this summer by signing Chelsea reject Kevin De Bruyne.
The Sunday Express claimed late last year that the Etihad outfit were interested in a deal for the Belgian, and the newspaper now claims the club have been working since then to persuade Wolfsburg to part ways with their prize asset.
However, after clinching Champions League football once again for next season, the Express say Wolfsburg are eager to keep ahold of the 23-year-old who they signed in January 2014 for £18 million.
There’s a danger De Bruyne might repeat the same failings he showed at Stamford Bridge where he spectacularly failed to make an impact after moving from Genk for £7m in 2012.
It’s thought the presence of De Bruyne’s international teammate Vincent Kompany in Manchester might be enough to convince him to make the switch and the Express say City do not think Wolfsburg would turn down any offer north of £30m.
A sizeable sweetener could also be added to the pot in the shape of Edin Dzeko, a former Wolfsburg player himself and one City are looking to ship out as they try to revitalise their ageing squad.