Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: De Bruyne to Manchester City for $75 million, Navas to United

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The summer-long saga of Kevin de Bruyne’s potential move to Manchester City from Wolfsburg continues, as fresh reports claim that the Belgian winger is on the verge of a $75 million move to the Etihad Stadium.

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De Bruyne, 24, was somewhat forced to commit his future to Wolfsburg earlier this week at an awards ceremony but his agent wasn’t happy about that and has since suggested that a move to City could still happen. Now German outlet Bild is reporting that City have had a $75 million bid accepted by Wolfsburg and De Bruyne could join the Citizens in the coming days. With Raheem Sterling on one win, David Silva in the No. 10 spot and Sergio Aguero up front, City could have one of the meanest attacking units in the whole of Europe if this move comes off.

Manuel Pellegrini was asked about the potential of De Bruyne arriving during his press conference on Friday against of Man City’s clash with Everton this Sunday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), but the Chilean boss had the following to say.

The Independent claims that Tottenham Hotspur are going to up their bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino. On Tuesday the Baggies announced they had rejected an offer from Spurs for the 22-year-old but with no real cover for star striker Harry Kane, Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to bolster his forward line at White Hart Lane. Kane was taken off against Stoke City last weekend with some suggestions around an ankle injury, and if he goes down for an extended period of time, Spurs will be in big trouble. As for Berhaino, he is young, scored 20 goals for West Brom last season and his stock is on the rise. A bid in excess of $35 million would force the Baggies into a difficult position.

A report in the Daily Mail says that Real Madrid is offering Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas plus cash in an improved bid for David de Gea. Earlier this week reports surfaced that De Gea was planning to stick around at United for the next 12 months and would pocket a $18 million signing-on fee with Real after he signs as a free agent next summer. For United, picking up a goalkeeper of Navas’ caliber to replace De Gea would be ideal as he shone at the 2014 World Cup, while the arrival of Sergio Romero this summer on a free transfer has also gone well with the Argentine putting in two solid outings thus far. Maybe there is life after De Gea after all?