Manchester City are said to be interested in acquiring a Belgian forward who has been likened to Eden Hazard. Following Riyad Mahrez’s transfer to Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia for a fee of £30 million during this transfer window. Manchester City is now in search of a replacement right-winger as they prepare for the upcoming season.
While Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise has been prominently in mention as a potential target in the past few weeks. It appears that Pep Guardiola is in interest in securing a different attacking option from another European club.
The Telegraph has reported that Manchester City is currently in discussions to secure the services of Jeremy Doku from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.
As per the article, Rennes has set a price tag for Doku ranging from £43 million to £50 million. The Belgian forward still holds a two-year contract with the club. Despite Transfermarkt evaluating the 21-year-old at £25 million. It appears that Manchester City might need to exceed this valuation to secure Doku’s transfer.
City and their discussions
Doku, who made the move from Anderlecht to Rennes in 2020, has amassed a tally of 11 goals across 90 appearances for his current club. While his goal record isn’t exceptional. Doku’s playing style has prompted comparisons to fellow Belgian Eden Hazard.
Despite his compact stature and strong physique, Doku possesses exceptional dribbling abilities and a stable, low center of gravity. Reminiscent of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star. It’s worth noting that Hazard is a source of inspiration for Doku and he even had the privilege of sharing the field with him in Belgium’s senior national team.
Doku expressed his admiration for Hazard, saying, “Whenever I tuned in to watch football on television, I was particularly drawn to his style of play. The prospect of being in the same squad as him for the national team is truly remarkable.” Prior to his debut for the national team, he shared his anticipation, stating. “I’m eagerly looking forward to observing his techniques and approach during our training sessions, learning from his gameplay nuances.”
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