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De Bruyne to join Manchester City

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Wolfsburger's Kevin De Bruyne reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Volkswagen-Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany, 16 August 2015. PHOTO/EFE

Wolfsburger’s Kevin De Bruyne reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Volkswagen-Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany, 16 August 2015. PHOTO/EFE

BERLIN, August 27- Kevin de Bruyne’s transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City is set to be completed for a new Bundesliga record of 74 million euros ($83.64m, £54m), according to German reports on Thursday.  

German daily Bild, football magazine Kicker and local paper the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung all report the deal is set to be finalised once De Bruyne passes a medical check in Manchester.

The transfer fee quoted, which could rise to 80m euros with bonuses, is set to smash the previous Bundesliga record when Liverpool paid Hoffenheim 41 million for Brazil striker Roberto Firmino in July.

City have been chasing the signature of the 24-year-old De Bruyne, a Belgium international attacking midfielder, for weeks.

Germany’s footballer of the year for 2014/15 played a key role in helping Wolfsburg win the German Cup last season as they finished second only to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga after he scored 16 goals and 29 assists.

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