Confusion reigns over the future of Wolfsburg attacker Kevin De Bruyne with persistent reports of an imminent bid from Manchester City in the offing.
The Sky Blues have been linked with a move for the Belgium international for much of the summer, after he impressed for the Wolves in the Bundesliga last term.
The Daily Telegraph are among those to report on a potential £46 million deal for the 24-year-old who has often been deployed as a winger during his stay in Germany.
However, there is still confusion over Wolfsburg’s stance regarding the sale of the player with the club’s manager and sporting director offering markedly different viewpoints on the possible deal.
Speaking to German football publication Kicker, in quotes translated and republished by FourFourTwo, manager Dieter Hecking appeared to pour cold water on De Bruyne’s potential move to the Etihad.
Hecking said: "I expect Kevin to stay. With all due respect for Manchester City, it would be different if Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich made a move.”
But despite the manager’s seemingly dismissive words, sporting director Klaus Allofs appeared to be singing from a very different hymn sheet.
Having admitted that the sums being reported in relation to the deal were “incredible” he appeared to open the door to the deal.
Allofs said: “…He will have to listen to offers. We cannot expect him to just ignore those offers.
"The transfer window remains open for three more weeks. Any interested clubs that still feel they have a chance of signing him will get involved."
Capped 33 times by Belgium to date, De Bruyne has scored eight goals for the Red Devils, including a goal in their 2-1 Second Round win over Team USA at the 2014 World Cup.
Brought to Wolfsburg from Chelsea for £18 million in January of last year, the 24-year-old scored 16 goals and provided 27 assists for the Wolves in 51 appearances last term.