German media outlet Bild published a report claiming that the Red Devils were set to move for De Bruyne before the close of this transfer window, but it looks unlikely that a deal would be completed by the end of today.
Having departed Chelsea last year, after playing just nine times for the club, De Bruyne has enjoyed an incredible season with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, capping his displays with a game winning performance on Friday. As the second placed team overcame league leaders Bayern Munich, the Belgian international scored twice and registered an assist, and interest in him piqued following that display.
With the rise in the interest, Wolfsburg have reportedly decided to open contract talks with De Bruyne, offering him a pay rise and extension to fight off other clubs. Wolfsburg can offer a similar financial packet to Bayern, and, if they can get a deal wrapped up in the coming days, they will ensure the Belgian remains at the Volkswagen Arena for a number of years.
HLN has published the story, and, although there is no indication as to what contract they intend to offer, the report suggests that the deal will see him tied down until 2020, and will make him one of the best paid players in the entire Bundesliga.
What does this mean for Manchester United?
With a January move for De Bruyne looking unlikely, and a summer move seemingly in the works, it now appears as if the youngster will have to decide between agreeing a new contract with Wolfsburg or returning to the Premier League. There will undoubtedly be no willingness from Wolfsburg to see him leave the club, with a real desire to win the Bundesliga title in the coming years, and De Bruyne could soon become the key player in a side actively challenging for the Champions League in the near future. A transfer to United looks unlikely right now, and it would be remarkable to see the winger turning out at Old Trafford next year.