Manchester City make second bid for Kevin De Bruyne

Manuel Pellegrini hoping to lure Wolfsburg attacker to the Etihad in €66 million deal

Manchester City have made a second bid for Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne. Photograph: EPA

Manchester City have made a second bid for Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne. Photograph: EPA

 

Manchester City have made a second bid for Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne worth €66m to make the forward the fifth addition of the summer.

The offer is an initial €56.5m plus around €10m of add-ons for the 24-year-old. Klaus Allofs, the Wolfsburg sporting director, continues to claim the German club will fight to keep the Belgian. But this is viewed as merely a bargaining stance. Wolfsburg are refusing to put a precise valuation on De Bruyne. While the club may try and prise a higher fee for him it is understood City’s offer is close to being acceptable.

When contacted the De Bruyne camp refused to deny that City had made the offer for the forward. Executives at the Etihad Stadium are confident of landing the former Chelsea player with De Bruyne keen to join City and play in the Premier League again.

While it is thought the club had a first bid of €49.5 turned down a few days ago, if the €66m offer is accepted by Wolfsburg it would take City’s total spend to €165m in the current window.

The acquisition of De Bruyne would end City’s activity in the market unless an exceptional footballer became available for consideration.

(Guardian service)

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