Chelsea’s ‘flop’ boards private jet to England to seal a £52m move to Manchester City

Former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne is on the verge of signing a deal with Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini has been chasing the former Chelsea winger throughout the summer and only minor formalities are left to conclude before the transfer window shuts on September 1.

Allofs said: ‘We will complete everything either tonight or tomorrow.

‘De Bruyne is off to Manchester City. I explained at the press conference that we had begun talks, those talks have progressed. Now only minor issues remain.’

The Wolfsburg chief added, however, that City told him they do not want to announce the deal until after their Barclays Premier League match with Watford on Saturday.

Speaking after their draw for the Champions League group stages, City’s head of football administration Brian Marwood reiterated the club’s interest in De Bruyne.

Marwood said: ‘Everybody is aware we are interested in this player but until anything is done it’s not appropriate for us to make any comment.’