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Man City braced for Saudi Pro League bids for Kevin De Bruyne this summer 

Saudi Arabia’s top clubs are gearing up for a summer raid on Manchester City, with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne high on their wishlist, per the Times

This news comes amid concerns that his contract negotiations with City are stalling. His £400,000 weekly contract will expire next year, and the club has been slow with talks regarding a renewal.

Saudi Pro League clubs are keen to capitalise on the impasse to sign the 32-year-old to bolster their global image.

They also plan a similar pursuit for Manchester United’s Casemiro and could make another attempt for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

The Saudi Pro League (SPL) recently changed their rules to permit ten foreign players per squad, up from eight, to allow more foreign stars into the league. 

However, the question on everyone’s lips is – why on earth would De Bruyne even consider swapping the Etihad Stadium for the SPL?

Why should any self-respecting name go there, seeing what has happened with Jordan Henderson?

The England international ran back to Europe with his tail between his legs after a difficult spell at Al-Ettifaq, serving as a cautionary tale for anyone eyeing the riches of the Middle East. 

There have also been complaints from family members of players who have accepted moves to the SPL, another drawback of such a move.

De Bruyne isn’t just chasing a bigger salary. The 32-year-old is leading the charge for City and Belgium, and there is no reason why he should change his environment to end up with veterans and underachievers.

City will be desperate to hold on to their playmaker and prized asset, who continues to deliver with six assists and two goals in his last eight appearances since returning from a lengthy lay-off. 

The Cityzens will try to ward off offers and keep him for at least one more season. However, lucrative offers and the growing ambition of Saudi clubs could make this summer very interesting.

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