Reports in Germany suggest a deal is already in place, but while the saga is close to an end, it is understood that exact terms will be thrashed out at the Champions League draw
By Sam Lee and Paul Clennam
Manchester City are finally close to agreeing a deal with Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne, Goal has learned.
Reports in Germany on Wednesday evening claim the terms of the transfer have already been agreed, but Goal understands that while the saga is close to an end, nothing has yet been finalised.
Wednesday, however, proved to be a decisive day in the long-running negotiations; De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick De Koster, met with Wolfsburg at their training ground and requested that the matter be resolved before Friday, when the Bundesliga side take on Schalke at the Volkswagen Arena.
Klaus Allofs, the Wolfsburg sporting director, is also understood to have softened his stance in the past 24 hours and will meet his City counterpart, Txiki Begiristain, at the Champions League draw on Thursday to thrash out terms.
City, for their part, are confident that they are close to a resolution after weeks of talks, and are prepared to shell out around £54 million for last season’s Bundesliga player of the year.
Goal had earlier revealed that De Bruyne had been left exhausted by the situation, enduring sleepless nights as he awaits updates from his agents.
The deal would take the Premier League leaders’ summer spending past the £150m mark, following the arrivals of Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts.