Report: Barcelona had explored the possibility of signing De Bruyne

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According to the ever-reliable Paul Hirst of Times Sport, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was on Barcelona’s radar a while back. The Catalans however, had to drop their pursuit of the Belgian due to their massive financial crunch.

De Bruyne and Manchester City announced yesterday, that the midfielder has now signed a new long-term deal with the English giants that will keep him at the club until 2025. The four-year contract is worth a whopping 20 million pounds per season, which is roughly 23 million euros.

The Belgian, who reportedly represented himself during the six-month negotiation period, is now officially the highest paid player in the Premier League. De Bruyne’s new contract with Manchester City, now exceeds the 375,000 pounds a week deal signed by Manchester United’s David De Gea a couple of years ago.

Barcelona’s monetary crisis would have definitely made the midfielder’s arrival to the Camp Nou nearly impossible. De Bruyne is inarguably one of the world’s best midfielders at the moment, and a lucrative deal such as the one City have offered him would have been difficult to match considering the already overflowing wage bill.

De Bruyne’s new deal with City was restructured after the 29-year old rejected City’s initial offer in January. He will now earn more up front instead of in variables. After the official announcement, he also spoke about how his game has reached new levels under former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

“Pep and I see football in the same way. Having that relationship with a manager is so important to me because our objectives are totally aligned, and we want the same things,” said De Bruyne.

Barcelona have also been linked of course, to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who recently announced that he will be parting ways with the club after his current contract expires in the summer. It is now but a matter of time to see how that saga unfolds.