The Belgian international has been one of the Bundesliga’s best players since his move from Chelsea in 2014, helping Wolfsburg to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
As per a report in the MEN, Manchester City’s hopes of buying the attacker were dashed after Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allof told reporters De Bruyne would be staying in the Bundesliga.
“He will stay with us. We try to have our best players on the best salaries so we will make a proposal and I think we will very quickly reach an agreement here,” Allofs said.
However, the former Chelsea star’s agent, Patrick De Koster, has responded negatively to these claims by pointing out that their ambition to make De Bruyne one of the top paid players in Germany is 'absurd'.
"Who knows if Wolfsburg will make a proposal that will put Kevin in the top 3 the highest paid players in the Bundesliga? In this case, the club would prove that it is incredibly important and ambitious. They say a higher salary awaits, however it seems this is an absurd proposition,” Patrick De Koster said.
Kevin De Bruyne perfect for Manchester City?
The 24-year-old experienced a fabulous campaign last season, scoring 10 goals and contributing a further 20 assists in 34 Bundesliga matches, the best output from a midfielder.
The Citizens, in David Silva and Samir Nasri, have technical ability in abundance, but they are often too easy to play against as they lack penetration and directness to get in behind the opposition.
De Bruyne has a real engine, a player willing to run with the ball, beyond defenders and into space. He would complement City’s technical play, and his presence could allow the likes of Silva more time with the ball.