Report: Manchester City step up interest in former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian is in top form for VfL Wolfsburg.

At the beginning of last season Jose Mourinho gave Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne a chance to cement a permanent future at Chelsea - starting him in the opening game of the season against Hull City.

But he soon tired of the former Werder Bremen loanee. In January 2013 agreed he could leave in search of first-team football. He moved back to the Bundesliga - signing for VfL Wolfsburg for a fee, reported by the Guardian, to be in the region of £18 million.

After a difficult start to his life at the Volkswagen Arena he has slowly but surely become one of the marquee players in the Bundesliga and the star of this current Wolfsburg side.

In recent weeks his form has been truly formidable. A recent match-winning performance against Bayern Munich has seemingly got tongues wagging across Europe. Some of those tongues are at Manchester City.

Now Belgian news source HLN is reporting that the interest from City has just gone up a notch.

They report that Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has contacted the necessary players in this potential swoop to sound out a move for the Belgian.

They even slap a price-tag on De Bruyne. If City, or PSG and Bayern Munich, who are also reported to be interested, want him they will have to pay a fee in the region of €60 million to snare him from Wolfsburg.

Looks like Chelsea should have given him a chance after all.

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