Manchester City broke their club record in 2015 when they signed Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg for £54million – and a fee some questioned at the time has proven to be a bargain, with the 26-year-old now worth up to three times that amount.
Despite their willingness to invest so much on a player who had set the Bundesliga on fire, but had previously been offloaded by Premier League giants Chelsea, City’s offer wasn’t the highest.
Speaking to Eleven Sports, Patrick De Koster, KDB’s agent, revealed what is widely known – that Paris Saint-Germain rivaled City for the Belgian’s signature, and actually offered the player a higher salary.
“If he had wanted to move for money, he could have joined PSG,” said De Koster. “Their offer was financially slightly higher than that of City’s.”
“On the other hand you play against teams like Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea. They are weekly Champions League finals. In France, you have PSG, Monaco and a way back Lyon. That’s it.”
De Bruyne’s sporting ambition led him to the Etihad, but PSG and Bayern Munich both made efforts to sign the City star. Quite recently, Real Madrid also expressed interest by contacting De Koster, but Kevin’s intentions were clear – he wanted to remain at City with Pep Guardiola and went on to extend his contract until 2023.