Manchester City are understood to be ready to bid for Kevin de Bruyne after the Belgian told Wolfsburg he wants to leave the club.
The Mirror report the Citizens to be ready to fork out £60m, a British record fee, for the 24-year-old who joined Die Wolfe from the Blues for £18m in January 2014.
De Bruyne is now 3/10 to be a City player by the close of the transfer window, while it’s 7/4 that he remains at Wolfsburg.
Yet for the Citizens to splash out such an enormous wedge on the strawberry blonde creative would be madness for both parties and here’s why…
Creating and scoring goals hasn’t been problem under Manuel Pellegrini
Since the Chilean took over two seasons ago his side have been the Premier League’s leading scorers on both occasions, notching at least ten times more than next best Chelsea last term.
Instead their occasional incoherence was in deeper midfield
At first Yaya Toure’s Africa Cup of Nations absence was deemed to be responsible for a run of poor form, yet his return did little to remedy the situation.
They lack a high-quality defensive midfielder, instead boasting several box-to-box operatives who are unable to sufficiently protect their slow centre-halves.
His acquisition will bring the total of number tens on the Etihad books to five
Even if the Sky Blues ship out failed support striker Stevan Jovetic, De Bruyne will still have Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Samir Nasri to compete against.
Having blossomed as the main man at the Volkswagen Arena, there is no guarantee that a more dog-eat-dog environment would foster confidence in the new boy.
Another £10m may have been enough to acquire Paul Pogba
As discussed the Citizens greatest are of need is central midfield, where a genuinely combative presence is needed, along with a successor to Toure talismanic shoes.
Pogba is both, as well as seemingly on course to being one of the world’s best central midfielders and is far less of a luxury signing than the kind of number ten ditched by Jose Mourinho.