Written by @samjsneddon
It's evident to say that it would be almost arduous to refuse the chance to sign a player like Kevin De Bruyne if you were a prestigious club like Real Madrid, and it looks like Real's president, Florentino Perez thinks likewise. Spanish newspaper, Don Balon writes that Perez has a plan to improve the club if they fail to retain their position as Champions League holders, suggesting that even Zinedine Zidane could be out of the door in the summer. His plan also includes obtaining some new players in the transfer window and sitting at the top of the shortlist is De Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne currently sits at the top of the Premier Leauge assists table with 14, very distant from his competition. His pacy, skilful play is so difficult to describe - instead, watch it for yourself.
In 88 league appearances for Manchester City, De Bruyne has grabbed 21 goals and 41 assists, and improvement can easily be recognised as years progress.
One thing many fans might think is how he may fit into the squad at Los Blancos after his rumoured £177m move in the summer. Well, he'd obviously be a substantial player in the starting XI but it's not clear who he could replace. That being said, if City is up for it, Madrid is in for a treat, as the lad still has bags of potential.
Madrid does have a massive obstacle in the way, though, as the 26-year-old signed a new 5-year deal last month, showing his commitment to the club. If City were silly enough to approve the move, Kevin might not.
Another problem could be that Real aren't the only ones trying to land the Belgian. De Bruyne's agent, Patrick de Koster, claims that Barcelona is also interested, yet he insists his commitment still lies with The Sky Blues. He also says that his client 'fell in love' with the lifestyle in America, and wouldn't mind finishing his career at the MLS.
For now, De Bruyne looks like he's staying at City, probably for the long run, but if Real Madrid fails to obtain their target, it will be very challenging to lower their expectations for his alternative.