The former Chelsea outcast - who played just nine times for the Blues - currently turns out for Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, and his impressive form has reportedly piqued the interest of Manchester United.
As reported by Bild last week, Louis van Gaal has been impressed by the Belgian international this term, and he was one of a few managers keen on signing the 23-year-old in the January transfer window. Talks have seemingly not progressed since that report, although the Red Devils have until this evening to wrap up any potential deal.
However, their fight for the winger could become even harder if a new report in Bild - published by Sport Witness - is to be believed. The report indicates that Bayern Munich are now tracking De Bruyne ahead of Marco Reus, who has been thrown aside in recent days as a transfer target. Having been on the end of a 4-1 defeat to De Bruyne’s Wolfsburg on Friday night, the Bundesliga champions clearly feel he could add something to their team, although the story claims that securing a transfer for De Bruyne would be harder than one for Reus.
Wolfsburg can offer a financial package to compete with Bayern, and, having defeated Pep Guardiola’s side, they sit just eight points behind the reigning champions. There is a real hope that they can challenge properly for the title, either this season or next, and they would be hard pushed to willingly sell one of their key men to a title rival.
What does this mean for Manchester United?
With arrivals looking limited at Old Trafford today, one would believe that a move for De Bruyne will not happen. Considering the incredible strengthening of the attacking ranks over the summer, many believe that signing a number of high quality defenders is what the Red Devils really need to do to return to their former glories, and missing out on De Bruyne could potentially be a benefit to the club from a financial standpoint.