The Belgian winger is expected to sign a five-year deal worth £200,000-a-week and will take City’s summer spending through the £150m barrier.
De Bruyne’s arrival will arguably confirm Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s status as this season’s title favourites, with the club looking rejuvenated after a hard campaign last term, which saw them finish some way behind Chelsea in second place, and with no silverware in any other competitions they participated in.
Bild also claim that Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs confirmed indirectly on Thursday that a bid had been made.
“The window closes on 1 September”.
“With everything that has been said, if Kevin is with us in Cologne on Saturday, and I’m convinced of that, he will play from the beginning”. “Before that, nobody knows what happens”. However, that fee has been boosted by the sale of Matija Nastasic to Schalke for £8.6m in a deal that was agreed in March and the mandatory buy clause inserted in Stevan Jovetic’s 18-month loan contract with Inter Milan. We analysed different options and we decided that Otamendi was the best option. We think he can play.
“He is immensely important, he has put in countless assists and is a real team player”, Dutch striker Dost told goal.com.
It looks like Premier League big spenders Man City have splashed the cash again.
Right-back Pablo Zabaleta has been ruled for a month with a knee ligament injury as City head to Everton tomorrow looking for a club record-equalling ninth successive League win.