Man City are on the cusp of sealing a £60m deal for Wolfsburg attacker Kevin De Bruyne and whilst the fee seems eye-wateringly high, in today’s market and given his ability City may be the ones laughing come May.
Many are holding on to De Bruyne’s failed spell at Chelsea as reason to why he will either flop or isn’t worth the price, but would you judge City’s title credentials on how the team performed 4 years ago?
Times change, players develop and this is the case with De Bruyne.
In 2014, De Bruyne left Stamford Bridge for £18m after failing to establish himself at the West London club. At the time the team had it’s favourites and you could say the ginger wizard wasn’t given a fair crack as he was sparingly used and sent on loan to Werder Bremen.
At the end of his 2 year spell at Chelsea he made just 9 appearances.
It was thought that the move away would revitalise his career and it has as he has emerged as one of European football’s most exciting and effective players.
There is a reason why Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United all expressed an interest in him at some point.
Last season though he really came into his own though with 21 assists in the Bundesliga, a new record as his side finished second and qualified for the Champions League. The side also won the German Cup, with De Bruyne scoring, their first in the club’s history.
So don’t be put off by the supposedly huge price tag, and if you are just remember United paid a similar fee for Angel Di Maria so even if it doesn’t work out he surely can’t be as bad as that!