De Bruyne to join Man City for 74m eu­ros


Kevin de Bruyne's trans­fer from Wolfs­burg to Manch­ester City is set to be com­pleted for a new Bun­desliga record of 74 mil­lion eu­ros ($83.64 mil­lion, £54 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to Ger­man re­ports on Thurs­day.

Ger­man daily Bild, football mag­a­zine Kicker and lo­cal pa­per the Wolfs­burger All­ge­meine Zeitung all re­port the deal is set to be fi­nalised once De Bruyne passes a med­i­cal check in Manch­ester. The trans­fer fee quoted, which could rise to 80 mil­lion eu­ros with bonuses, is set to smash the pre­vi­ous Bun­desliga record when Liver­pool paid Hof­fen­heim 41 mil­lion for Brazil striker Roberto Firmino in July.

City have been chas­ing the sig­na­ture of the 24-year-old De Bruyne, a Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional at­tack­ing midfielder, for weeks. Ger­many s foot­baller of the year for 2014/15 played a key role in help­ing Wolfs­burg win the Ger­man Cup last sea­son as they fin­ished sec­ond only to Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Bun­desliga af­ter he scored 16 goals and 29 as­sists.

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