Transfer Balls: Manchester City makes Chelsea reject De Bruyne one of their own
Transfer Balls: Manchester City have had a £38m bid for Kevin De Bruyne, 24, turned down by his German club Wolfsburg. The Times says City will go again with a bid of £40 million plus £7m of add-ons.
Man City are going for it. Having already signed Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts, De Bruyne would take the spend over the £100m mark.
but nothing is guaranteed.
Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg’s sporting director, says the former Chelsea player will stay in Germany. Of that he is 99.9 sure – which is not sure at all. He said:
“I think some other clubs have definitely turned Kevin’s head. Some huge figures are doing the rounds and I can understand why Kevin is leaving everything open. He’s got to listen to the offers. I can’t expect from him that he doesn’t even want to entertain them.
“If he was only contracted to us until 2017, then yes, it would be different. But let’s be honest about it – it’s highly unlikely that he’ll stay with us right up until 2019 [when his contract ends].”
What says the player?
“All this is not because I want to prove [anything], if necessary,” De Bruyne has said. “I can do that in Germany. Would I return to England because I think this is a good choice for me and my family. Eighteen months ago I was worth €10 million and now suddenly I’m fifty or sixty [million euros]. It will be somewhere in between.”
Money. It’s all about the money.