Manchester United concede defeat in Kevin de Bruyne chase – report

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United and Manchester City have conceded defeat in their pursuit of Kevin de Bruyne after Bayern Munich entered the race for his signature, according to the Telegraph.

De Bruyne has enjoyed a fine season in the Bundesliga having scored 15 goals in 44 appearances for Wolfsburg in all competitions this season.

Mark Ogden reports City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, spoke to the attacking midfielder’s representatives after watching him on a number of occasions over the course of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal was said to be keen on the Belgian despite the fact that players such as Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney can play in his position.

Wolfsburg want to extend De Bruyne’s contract until 2020 but will accept an offer of around £45m if one comes their way.

De Bruyne is undoubtedly a quality player but his failed spell at Chelsea a few years ago suggests that he may not be cut out for the Premier League, although it may simply have been the wrong move at the wrong time for him.

However, any player that registers numbers such as his will attract attention. De Bruyne may not get many opportunities at Bayern with the likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mario Gotze already at the club but the lure of the German champions may prove too great to resist.

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