Manchester City have reportedly tabled a second bid for Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne.
After the Bundesliga outfit rejected the club’s opening offer of £35m for their prized possession last week, the two-time Premier League champions are understood to have returned with an improved bid worth £47m.
De Bruyne, 24, scored 16 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions for Wolfsburg last season, including a remarkable 28 assists.
The Citizens latest offer is understood to be £40m upfront, plus £7m of add-ons for the former Chelsea forward.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to make De Bruyne his fifth signing at The Etihad this summer, despite the Belgium international failing to live up to expectations during his spell at rivals Chelsea between 2012 and 2014.
De Bruyne failed to score in just nine first-team appearances for the Premier League champions during his stay at Stamford Bridge, in addition to being loaned out to Genk and Werder Bremen.