Chelsea reject Kevin De Bruyne will cost Man City £113m



Posted Friday, August 28, 2015 by Dailystar.co.uk

MANCHESTER CITY will sign Kevin De Bruyne in a club record deal that will cost them a staggering £113m.

City have beaten Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain to the signature of the former Chelsea reject.

Etihad bosses have agreed a £56m fee for the Wolfsburg midfielder and were last night putting the finishing touches to the biggest transfer in the club's history.

Starsport understands De Bruyne will sign a five-year contract worth £220,000-a-week that will see him earn £57m in wages before tax.

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs yesterday claimed no deal has yet been struck.

But De Bruyne has been left out of the squad for their home game with Schalke tonight and is expected to clinch his move to City this weekend.

The deal for De Bruyne will eclipse the £49m that City paid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling last month and take their summer spending past the £150m mark.

Pellegrini followed-up the Sterling deal by signing Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi for £32m and England and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph in an £8m deal.

De Bruyne will become one of the most expensive players in British football history to complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes following his exit from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea reject Kevin De Bruyne will cost Man City £113m
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The Belgium ace was deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho who decided he wasn't good enough for the Premier League champions.

But De Bruyne excelled in the Bundesliga to become one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe.

Allofs admits the sums involved couldn't be ignored.

He said: "We have agreed to open negotiations, and that has happened, but Kevin is still a Wolfsburg player.

"We are not in any rush to get this through. The interests of both sides must be considered.

"But in the end, there can only be winners from this deal and that applies also to Wolfsburg.

"People do think that money doesn't come into it with Volkswagen (the club's main backers), but that is not the case.

"Compared to the top clubs in Europe, we have very little means at our disposal. We must also adhere to UEFA's Financial Fair Play."



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