Manchester City are close to making yet another massive purchase in the transfer window after Wolfsburg director of sport Klaus Allofs stated that interest from the Premier League club had turned the head of their star asset, Kevin De Bruyne. The former Chelsea midfielder has just had a wonderful 12 months of football. Wolfsburg had signed him for £18 million, but this incredible statistic of 20 assists and 11 goals in the 34 games last season now sees him valued at around £50 million. City are not far away from making this price, as they are believed to have made a £47 million offer.
The figure includes a basic price of £40 million along with add-ons, depending on his performances, of £7 million. The first offer for the 24-year-old came in at £35 million. Klaus Allofs 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.”
Manual Pellegrini’s team open the new campaign with an away match against West Brom on Monday night. They will look to reclaim the Premier League title back from the clutches of Chelsea, but Pellegrini appears to have taken the route of significant spending in order to do so. City were criticised for having a stale squad with not many of the club’s recent acquisitions going to have a lot of success. A number of the deadwood has been cleared already, but the second part of the rejuvenation process seems extremely costly indeed.
Raheem Sterling was only recently brought from Liverpool for a fee of £49 million, which has broken the club’s transfer record. Spending a similar figure on another attacking midfielder would not seem the right way to go, as Pellegrini may struggle to keep everyone happy. The speculation surrounding De Bruyne is unlikely to alter the head of the Belgian alone. Players like Jesus Navas will be rightly worried about their future at the Etihad stadium.
Names like Stevan Jovetic and James Milner have already left the club, while Edin Dzeko seems close to an impending exit.
Even though there is going to be a lot of excitement at the club ahead of the arrival of such big-name signings, City also need to be aware of the importance of starting the season in a positive fashion. Out of last season’s top six, only Manchester United and Liverpool managed victories in the opening weekend. Even they were not quite convincing in securing three points. It promises to be a very tough season indeed.