Manchester City's anticipated £58m move for Kevin De Bruyne has hit the rocks after Wolfsburg admitted they are in "no rush" to sell the midfielder despite huge interest in him.
24-year-old De Bruyne is subject of intense transfer interest from City as well as German champions Bayern Munich, although the Bundesliga champions want to delay a move until the end of the season rather than secure his signature immediately.
That prompted City to launch their bid, believed to be £58m, in a move that would see the former Chelsea midfielder become the second most expensive signing in British history.
Everton 0 Manchester City 2 player ratings
Everton 0 Manchester City 2 player ratings
1/22 Evetton: Howard
The busier of the two goalkeepers. Could do very little about both the goals. 6
Delivered a master-class in the second half, dealing with Sterling, which makes you wonder why the likes of Chelsea are not looking in his direction too. 8
Seemed unabashed by the speculation linking him with a switch to Chelsea. The England man was as assured and composed as ever. 7
The commanding centre-back was his typically industrious self and could have scored a goal had his first-half header been a few inches lower. 7
Allowed his inexperience to show during a first half in which he was tasked with facing the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas on the flanks. 5
Posed a series of difficult questions which City struggled to answer but lacked the cutting edge required to make his mark. 7
The former Aston Villa man cut an assured figure for long periods, managing the pace of the game and offloading to ball to teammates in decent positions. 7
Occasionally mocked by supporters of other clubs but Roberto Martinez's teachers' pet is a valuable commodity for the former Wigan manager. 7
Seems to have benefited from the Everton spotlight being directed at John Stones but Barkley will be disappointed by his shift today. 7
A decent, if unremarkable, display from the former Manchester United man. Held up play competently but struggled with the power of Toure. 6
Seems to have a point to prove this season. The Belgian international ran himself into the ground but lacked the final touch needed to carve City open. 7
12/22 Man City: Hart
Had precious little to do but managed to collect another clean sheet. 7
Often seen galloping down the right wing, providing invaluable support for Navas, the Frenchman has become an vital attacking source for City's title bid. 7
After two goals in two, Kompany was back to his imperious best at the back as Everton pushed for an equaliser. 8
With City strengthening their defensive options, many would be forgiven for assuming Mangala's time is up. The former Porto man, however, has other ideas. 8
Another masterly display from City's Mr Reliable. The left-back deserved his goal after excelling down the left-flank alongside Sterling. 8
Gave away a series of foolish free-kicks and picked up a silly yellow card which rendered him toothless for the rest of the match. 6
Marshalled his midfield teammates expertly as the going got tough in the latter stages. A continued source of strength. 7
19/22 Jesus Navas
With a box of tricks enough to unlock any defence in the league, Navas combined well with Silva with alarming ease. An encouraging outing from the Spaniard. 8
Desperately unlucky not to score with an effort which cannoned off the post in the second half. The Spaniard delivered his usual blend of guile and trickery to have Everton worried. A joy to watch. 9
Booed at regular intervals by the Everton fans, presumably for his Liverpool connections, the England man was a menace throughout. 8
Like last week, the Argentine squandered a host of opportunities in the first half which could have cost his side dearly. Aguero was willing to put in a shift as Everton turned the screw however. 7
However, Wolfsburg’s sporting director Klaus Allofs has spoken out today to confirm that no deal is in place and stressed that the club will not be forced into selling their prize asset despite the transfer window closing at 6pm next Tuesday.
Allofs said: "We are not in any rush to get this [transfer] through.
"If our expectations are not fulfilled, Kevin will be playing for Wolfsburg this season, and I wouldn't mind that."
It’s expected that De Bruyne will be a part of Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking’s squad for Friday’s Bundesliga match against Schalke. It was expected that a medical would go through at City today, but these plans now appear to have been shelved until the weekend.
De Bruyne left Chelsea last January after a loan spell with Werder Bremen, and after having made just nine appearances in total for the Blues – three of which came in the Premier League – completed an £18m transfer to Wolsfburg to end his nightmare at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgium international went about rebuilding his reputation immediately and after netting 10 goals and laying on 20 assists in 2014/15, he was named Bundesliga Player for the Season last time out.
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