Football: De Bruyne to seal record $118m move to Manchester City after medical

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

BERLIN (AFP) - Kevin de Bruyne's transfer from Wolfsburg to English side Manchester City is set to be completed for a new German Bundesliga record of 74 million euros (S$118 million), 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 80 million euros with bonuses, is set to smash the previous Bundesliga record when Liverpool paid Hoffenheim 41 million euros for Brazil forward 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.