Manchester City are stepping up their interest in Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne after a sparkling season in which he has scored 14 goals and assisted a staggering 21 for the Bundeliga’s second side, according to the Daily Mail.
After such brilliant form, City aren’t the only club attempting to court the young Belgian, with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich also rumoured to be interested. It is thought the £40 million asking price has been a stumbling block though.
The Wolves are keen to keep hold of the ex-Chelsea man as they attempt to be competitive in next year’s Champions League, but that hasn’t deterred the Citizens who will meet the high asking price.
Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain is said to have met the entourage of De Bruyne, who played against Cyprus for his national side this weekend, to discuss the possibility of a transfer.
Patrick de Koster, agent of De Bruyne, though is insistent that a high bid is necessary to have any chance of it being accepted.
Last week he said, “Clubs who are ready to bid 30 million euros for Kevin have no sense of reality. A player like Kevin has a market value of some €50 million, €55 million or even €60 million by now.
The 23-year-old is formerly of Chelsea, sold to Wolfsburg for £16.7 million in January 2014, and has gone from strength to strength since leaving Stamford Bridge.