EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester City are poised to complete the £45million signing of Kevin de Bruyne next week, Football Insider sources understand.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain has returned from talks with his counterparts at Wolfsburg in recent days confident an agreement is in place to sign the Belgium playmaker.
The 2014 Premier League champions are set to pay an initial £45million for De Bruyne after tabling a new offter for him.
This is a huge boost to Manuel Pellegrini as he continues his overhaul of his team, which announced the £28million signing of defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia on Friday.
De Bruyne will bring another attacking dimension to Pellegrini’s team in Manchester City transfer news that will be regarded as a huge boost to them winning their third title in five years.
Football Insider revealed last week that the Belgium international has informed his club Wolfsburg that he wants to move to City.
Club chiefs turned their attention to landing the 24-year-old following his outstanding 2014-15 season for the Bundesliga club.
The attacking midfielder was a key player in Wolfsburg’s second-placed Bundesliga finish, scoring 10 goals and contributing 21 assists. He weighed in with a further seven assists and six goals in the cup competitions en route to helping Wolfsburg clinch the German Cup.
De Bruyne has four years remaining on his contract but has spoken of his ambition to prove himself at one of Europe’s biggest clubs following his frustrating spell at Chelsea.