A host of Europe’s elite and their summer aspirations to sign Belgian schemer Kevin De Bruyne will be thwarted according to Wolfsburg teammate Marcel Schafer.
Countless first-class performances from the former Chelsea whizz have propelled Dieter Hecking’s side into second in the Bundesliga and the continent’s finest now queuing up for his services.
De Bruyne has scored 14 goals across all competitions so far this season and assisted 21 more on top of this, but Schafer reckons the 23-year-old’s stint in west London will deter him from abandoning the Volkswagen Arena for brighter lights for at least one more season.
“He has already experienced not getting so much time on the field at Chelsea, which is a top club in Europe and that is why I think the best thing for him would be to stay for a minimum one more year at Wolfsburg.”
The Genk academy graduate may well adhere to this advice, but that doesn’t mean Die Wolfes will be free of hassle from the game’s global superpowers this summer, with a raft of top talents on their payroll.
Here are three who are sure to be attracting interest:
The marauding Swiss left-back is utilised much in the same way Everton use Leighton Baines.
His set-piece expertise draw an obvious comparison, but an eagerness to cross the halfway line ensures Rodriguez is an integral piece of Wolfsburg’s attacking armoury.
He boasts four goals and three Bundesliga assists this season.
A difficult second season outside of the Eredivisie is now a distant memory for the Dutch marksman, whose mojo rediscovery has brought 13 strikes in just 11 league starts this term.
With Spurs requiring an alternative source of goals for Harry Kane, Dost could prove a cost-effective solution to their quandary, having confirmed his goalscoring capability in not one, but two of Europe’s top leagues.
Patience, however, is essential for supporters of the 25-year-old’s potential suitors; he may not do the bizzo right away.
Arsenal were heavily linked with the Brazilian enforcer before he left FC Bayern Munchen for Wolfsburg in 2013 and with the Gunners set to reupholster their holding-midfield department this summer they could rekindle their interest.
Gustavo is the top tackler in the Wolfsburg ranks, averaging 2.8 possession recoveries per match, while only compatriot Naldo has a higher interceptions mean, though it’s arguably an 87.4% pass completion rate that will appeal to Arsene Wenger most.