Manchester City are closing in on a deal to sign winger Kevin De Bruyne from VfL Wolfsburg after the English side made the Germans an 'astonishing' offer.
The 24-year-old Belgian has been linked with City since before the transfer window opened, and the English side could get there man before the deadline on Tuesday according to Klaus Allofs, the German club’s director of sport.
"During the day we have gone on with negotiations and we've got closer to each other," Allofs said. "But the deal is not already done. So hopefully we will find an end tonight or tomorrow morning.
"He's had an astonishing, astonishing offer from City and we can't compete with that. We had to take it seriously and that is the way we react with our players and finally we decided to start negotiations with City.
"I would prefer to keep him, not to get the money. But the money now is really the issue because Kevin was qualified with Wolfsburg for the Champions League and he was a key player and took the next step.
"At Chelsea he was not that good and I know the story because I took him to Bremen two years before and then to VfL Wolfsburg. It will be very difficult – apart from Bayern München – to compete with the Premier League in the future.
"It is a big blow if he is leaving VfL Wolfsburg but, you know, it's a difficult situation. Have a look at the statistics. Kevin did I don't know how many assists and he scored 10 goals so he was, he still is, a key player for VfL Wolfsburg. It's really a situation that nobody was thinking about when he started with us."
"He's done a lot of thinking but he's made this decision. To live with this uncertainty, as a professional footballer you'll just have to make it work."