According to various sources, including Sky Sports, Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is flying in to England to complete his mega money switch to Manchester City from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg. A fee between £48million and £54million has been suggested.
Whether the fee is £48million, or £54million it is a lot of money for a club to pay for any player, but City has the financial backing to make such a move.
Due to the City owners big pockets City can afford to take a gamble, even with such big resources available to them.
When I say gamble, let me make myself understood. I believe that Kevin De Bruyne is a very good player, who would be a good addition to most Premier League clubs. However, despite City’s big resources it is still a lot of money for a player.
De Bruyne flopped in the Premier League at Chelsea, before making an £18million move to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg in 2014. He has since been superb for the Wolves, becoming an assist machine, with 37 assists in 73 appearances for the Wolves in a season-and-a-half.
De Bruyne has also scored 20 goals for the Bundesliga side and offers a vibrant threat from his attacking midfield role. Despite his success in the German top-flight, there will still be question marks over the midfielder’s chances of success in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old has matured a lot in his time in the Bundesliga. No doubt playing week-in week-out has helped him become a far better player. De Bruyne has become the main man and he was never going to get that sort of billing at Stamford Bridge.
De Bruyne is the sort of guy who thrives on being important to his team, as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho once stated.
Manchester City have started the Premier League campaign in good form, winning their opening four games in the top-flight. The attacking quartet of Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero has been in good form so far this season.
The introduction of De Bruyne into the City squad will see somebody dropped from the City starting line-up. Spanish winger Navas looks the most likely player to drop out of the City starting eleven although boss Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan of the former-Sevilla star.
The old adage of you never change a winning team could be applied to City’s current scenario. No doubt De Bruyne is a good player and would improve most teams, but his introduction into the team may have an unsettling effect on the teams winning run.
For me De Bruyne is a more productive player than Navas and would improve the City starting eleven. However Navas has made a decent start to the Premier League campaign and it would be hard to drop the Spaniard at the moment.
De Bruyne is a different sort of player to the Spanish international and he will give the Citizens something different to Navas.
Kevin De Bruyne will definitely give Manuel Pellegrini another attacking option. He is a player who creates and scores goals. The Belgian international will be determined to prove his worth in the English top-flight.
City already have a superb armoury of attacking options, but De Bruyne will add even more quality to City’s expensively assembled squad.
Manchester City have started the Premier League campaign in strong manner, signing Kevin De Bruyne is the Citizens strengthening from a position of power. Pellegrini’s side look like they are determined to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season.
A move to Manchester City will be a good one for the Belgian playmaker, who will get the chance to prove that he is up to the challenge of playing in the Premier League.
The move will also provide the attacking midfielder with the chance of winning silverware in the English game, something he could not manage in his short stint at Chelsea.
This move has been one that has been speculated about since the start of the transfer window. De Bruyne looks set to finally make the move and bring to a close one of the longest running transfer sagas of the summer.
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