Man City to beat Man United to £45m assist king

Manchester City are leading bitter rivals Manchester United the race to sign former Chelsea star Kevin De Bruyne this summer in a £45m deal, according to reports from The Metro.

The Wolfsburg attacking midfielder has emerged as one of European football’s most highly-rated players this season, with his 17 assists and nine goals in Bundesliga action a quite frankly staggering tally.

De Bruyne only joined the club last year, but his performances have already alerted a host of big teams, including United.

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However, reports now claim that City are actually the favourites to nab the 23-year-old at the end of the season in a deal worth up to £45m.

Such a fee would mark a massive profit for the German giants, who paid Chelsea £18m last January.

De Bruyne spent two years at Stamford Bridge, but the majority of his spell was spent away from London on loan with Genk and Werder Bremen.