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Saturday 3 December 2016

City to line up bid for Wolfburg's Kevin de Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne

Manchester City are weighing up a summer bid for Wolfsburg star Kevin de Bruyne.

The Blues believe their squad needs an overhaul and the £40million-rated attacking midfielder is high on their list.

Reports in Belgium claim that City football director Txiki Begiristain has now twice met with representatives of the Belgian, who has flourished in the Bundesliga since being sold for £18million by Chelsea last year. The Blues want an injection of young blood, and of pace, to reinvigorate the team, and this summer is expected to see several familiar faces leave and two or three big signings come in.

De Bruyne has been on international duty alongside City skipper Vincent Kompany and 19-year-old defender Jason Denayer, who could also be included in the summer plans after a successful season's loan at Celtic.

The 23-year-old has 23 full caps and has scored seven goals for his country, but it is with his club that he has really impressed watching City scouts - he has scored 17 and made 30 assists in 56 games.

De Bruyne has also been carefully watched by Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain, but sources in Belgium have indicated that City are in the driving seat after those two meetings with his representatives.

De Bruyne was asked what he expected to be doing next season while on Belgium duty, and answered mischievously: "What I will do next season? Keep playing football."

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