Kevin De Bruyne had agreed to join Bayern Munich before moving to Manchester City in the summer, according to his agent.
The Belgian star moved to the Etihad Stadium from Wolfsburg in a deal worth £54.5million – the second highest fee paid by a British club – after City fought off competition from across the continent.
De Bruyne has made a fine start to life back in the Premier League but Patrick De Koster has revealed the playmaker might have joined Bayern after personal terms were agreed with the Bundesliga champions but the Bavarian club refused to meet Wolfsburg’s valuation for the 24-year-old.
“Kevin’s heart was beating for the Bundesliga, where he broke through at Bremen and became a star at Wolfsburg,” De Koster told SportFootMagazine.
“I’m convinced he would have played for Bayern if they had been able to pay the asking price.
“We reached a personal agreement with Bayern after two meetings. The deal collapsed on the asking price.
“I think that Bayern wanted to pay 50m euros, but not a euro more.
“In the end, City won the race and Kevin is super happy with his move. He adapted fast on and off the pitch.”