Kevin De Bruyne’s protracted move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City is on the cusp of completion, with the Belgian due in England for a medical according to reports in the Guardian.
These latest developments come after the clubs allegedly settled on an eye-watering transfer fee of £54m and the player agreed £300,000-a-week was reasonable recompense for his services.
The flame-haired playmaker savoured a remarkable campaign last year, scoring ten Bundesliga goals and assisting a further 20 as he steered Wolfsburg to second behind Bayern Munich, while he contributed five more of each in a run to the Europa League quarter final.
It was a fantastic season that even the most accomplished members of Ivy League debating teams couldn’t question.
Yet, despite these astounding statistics, Man City will regret the move.
In their De Bruyne pursuit, the Citizens are making the age-old mistake of pulling a marlin-sized fish out of a pond sufficient enough to house nothing larger than a stickleback.
However, in this instance, they’re paying £54m and barrel load more in wages for the privilege.
De Bruyne has flourished as the solo superstar of an otherwise ordinary Wolfsburg outfit, but when placed in the diamond-encrusted dressing room of Chelsea he struggled to shine.
After a couple of loan stints, the Belgian spent half of the 2013/14 season at Stamford Bridge, though rarely made it off the bench in that time.
With City boasting similar calibre attacking-midfielders as Chelsea, he’ll have to compete just as hard for a spot in the starting XI and history says he doesn’t have the stomach for it.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have benefitted from a transfer policy of signing ready-made world-beaters in the past, but there are more examples of the prized assets of those residing outside the continent’s elite bombing after blockbuster moves to the big time.
Manchester United paid £27.5m for Everton’s MVP Marouane Fellaini for the Belgian to take a squad player role at Old Trafford.
Scott Parker, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Victor Moses, Steve Sidwell and Tal Ben Haim are just some small pond superstars to sign for Chelsea and not work out in recent years.
Liverpool are arguably the most proficient when it comes to angling in undersized bodies of water; their pricey procurements of Charlie Adam, Adam Lallana and Andy Carroll three of many, many examples.
Unlike De Bruyne, however, none of these players had previously donned the colours of a title-challenging outfit before being bought for megabucks.
The Belgian threatens to upstage them all.