Manchester City eyeing up ex-Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne - report

The Belgium international has been in fine form for Wolfsburg since leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Manchester City are weighing up a January move for former Chelsea attacker Kevin de Bruyne, if a report in The Sunday Express today is to be believed.

The Belgium international has heralded as a star of the future at Stamford Bridge after signing from Racing Genk in 2012, but was not given ample opportunities to impress, making only two Premier League starts for the Blues.

Since sealing an £18 million switch to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in the summer, the 23-year-old midfielder has been in fine form with his performances firing the Volkswagen Arena outfit to second in the league standings.

De Bruyne has started all 17 Bundesliga games for Dieter Hecking’s men this season, scoring three goals and offering up a league-high ten assists.

The Sunday Express claim that City have been impressed by his form in Germany and will launch a £20 million raid in January.

Given his importance to Wolfsburg and the fact that his current employers only signed him six months ago, the legitimacy of the report remains to be seen.

The German club are backed by wealthy owners and are not in need of the transfer funds; as such it makes sense that a £20 million bid from City, only £2m more than they recently paid, would surely be turned down.

De Bruyne also was one of Belgium’s standout players at the World Cup in the summer and will feel that he has a point to prove in England, but the chances of him heading to City in January are questionable.

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