Official: Manchester City sign Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City have signed Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the Premier League club have announced.

The 24-year-old has reportedly agreed a six-year deal at City and will wear the number 17 shirt.

“I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles,” De Bruyne told the club’s official website.

“I think this is the most important for the Club, the players and for the fans of course.”

The fee for the player that moved to Wolfsburg in January 2014 for £18 million is said to be in the region of £54-57 million.

De Bruyne’s stunning form for Wolfsburg last season, scoring 10 times and claiming 20 assists in 34 league games, has seen him become one of Europe’s most talked-about players.


De Bruyne has tended to operate from either the left or just behind the front man in Dieter Hecking’s 4-2-3-1 formation at Wolfsburg.

Logically, it would therefore make sense just to transpose De Bruyne into one of those positions for City.

However, that causes a slight selection headache for Pellegrini as currently occupying those positions are David Silva and Sterling.

Of the three in Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1, they would fall under the undroppable category. Therefore the Chilean will most likely have to do some reshuffling.

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This will more than likely be quite fluid. However, if City are to break their transfer record for a player then it is likely they will play him in his preferred position.

Therefore, De Bruyne will most likely start at number 10 with Silva shifting across and Navas dropping to the bench – and Navas can count himself unlucky to be the player who drops out.