Manchester City could have a battle on their hands to retain the services of superstar attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The 32-year-old has recently returned to matchday action for Manchester City having been ruled out for the large majority of the ongoing 2023/24 season following surgery on a reoccurring hamstring problem last summer.
With the Belgian having his eyes set on returning to match action for Pep Guardiola’s side in the coming weeks, and targeting a full return against Newcastle United in mid-January, speculation concerning his long-term future is beginning to intensify.
Following on from a summer market that saw Saudi Arabian sports disrupt business in football across Europe, securing the services of the likes of Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, and Riyad Mahrez, their ambitions in the transfer market are showing no signs of slowing.
That brings us to the future of Kevin De Bruyne, who is seemingly emerging as a primary candidate for clubs in the Middle-East to invest in, with the expert playmaker arguably being the finest in his position in the game at present.
According to the information of Saudi Arabia sports journalist ‘nawaf__oga’ on X, upcoming Saudi Pro League side Al Qadsiah have put Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne ‘at the top of the goals’ for who they want to sign next summer.
It is further explained that the next summer market will be ‘huge’ for the Khobar-based club, while the signing of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Heung-min Son have been described as ‘impossible’ for the current market.
Perhaps in an ominous detail that could signal towards the Saudi club’s intent in the near future, it can also be confirmed that Al Qadsiah are owned by the Saudi Arabian Oil Group or simply Aramco – a state-owned petroleum and natural gas company that is the national oil company of Saudi Arabia.
As per Companies Market Cap, Saudi Aramco has a market cap of $2.126 Trillion, making it the world’s third most valuable company by market cap according to their data as of January 2024.
Al-Qadsiah’s current playing squad features the likes of Englishman Max Power, Spanish goalkeeper Joel Robles, Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo, and former Villarreal defender Álvaro González.
At present, it also remains unknown as to what Kevin De Bruyne’s intentions are beyond his existing Manchester City contractual agreement, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2025.
City officials will hope that given how settled the midfielder is with his personal life in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire region, that there will be no intention to relocate his young family away from Europe, despite the finances on offer in the Middle-East.
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