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Saudi Pro League director invited to watch Man City as Kevin De Bruyne transfer possibility revealed



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Manchester City reported Jack Gaughan has offered an insight into the possibility of Kevin De Bruyne moving to Saudi Arabia in the coming months amid recent claims.

There has been growing speculation from within Europe and over in Saudi Arabia that the Manchester City icon and Belgian national team captain Kevin De Bruyne could be the next big name to make a switch to the middle-east.

The transfer rumours follow a summer market that saw major investment from Saudi Arabia in some of Europe’s biggest names, including Manchester City’s very own Riyad Mahrez, bringing an end to the Algerian’s legendary time in English football.

While a major influx of talent agreed to moves to Saudi Arabia, officials within the country are now targeting new heights of players, including the likes of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and now Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

Speaking as part of MailSport’s Manchester City-focussed Q&A on Wednesday afternoon, Jack Gaughan was quizzed on the possibility of Kevin De Bruyne making a move to Saudi Arabia, amid recent claims of interest from the middle-east.

“There is absolutely no way that City want to sell him,” Gaughan revealed.

“The money would have to be astronomical. De Bruyne’s settled in Cheshire, calls Manchester home, and could yet see out his career at the Etihad Stadium.”

He continued, “Saudi Pro League’s director of football, Michael Emenalo, was invited to watch City train during the Club World Cup and it’s unlikely that is being extended if they were seriously about to poach the club’s best player.”

Any approaches from Saudi Arabia in Kevin De Bruyne would not be the first time that efforts will be made to lure the Belgian footballing icon, with reports last summer confirming that efforts were made to bring an end to his City career following the Champions League final win.

As revealed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, it was stated, “For Kevin De Bruyne, there was a very important proposal from Saudi at the beginning, the very beginning of the summer transfer window – right after the Champions League final.

“De Bruyne was approached by Saudi clubs, but he said, ‘No thanks. At this moment of my career, I want to continue in Europe and to fight for titles at Manchester City’. So, De Bruyne said no.”

Kevin De Bruyne has only recently returned to Manchester City action following hamstring surgery last summer, providing an assist in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup, as well as a goal and an assist in a dramatic 2-3 win over Newcastle in the Premier League.