If one of the latest reports by The Sun is to be believed, Premier League heavyweights Manchester City are plotting a new long-term deal for their sensational midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. De Bruyne was signed for £150,000-a-week when he made a move to the Etihad Stadium from Wolfsburg in 2015, with a smashing transfer fee of £55million being priced out by the blue half of Manchester to secure his services.
The Belgian international is a player of significant calibre and considering the reports which state that he would be offered a contract of £200,000-a-week makes complete sense. City are a rapidly growing club under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola and they significantly bolstered their arsenal during the summer transfer window by roping in the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo to name some. They have constructed themselves into a formidable side and there is no second thought about the same.
Moreover, the Citizens have started their campaign in a scintillating manner, having plucked 13 points from their first 5 league outings and are placed at the zenith of the league table.
De Bruyne has been one of the players to make a significant impact so far this season, for he has garnered 3 assists in the Premier League this season. He is indeed a world-class player and City are unwilling to venture into the risk of letting him enter into the final two years of his contract.
De Bruyne’s strongest suit is his passing vision. He is someone who constantly looks for the right pass and his excellent dribbling skills make him an appealing commodity.
The 26-year-old is meticulous with the deal balls and more often than not, he is the one who kick-starts the attacking endeavours of his side. Besides, De Bruyne is a really influential figure and what he does really well is that he retains the ball and tries to chalk out something spectacular time and again to damage the opposition.
Keeping in mind that one of the European powerhouses in Barcelona failed to keep Neymar in their books, it is implied that anything can happen during the transfer window. Ever since joining Manchester City in 2015, he has bagged 30 assists and no other Premier League player has provided more assists than him.
The new contract, including the enhancement of his remuneration, would be an astute move by his employers and would be a reward for the outstanding productivity which he has been able to garner.
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