Tottenham Hotspur tried to hijack Manchester City deal for Stade Rennais forward Jeremy Doku
Manchester City feared Tottenham Hotspur would hijack their move for Stade Rennais star Jeremy Doku this summer, according to The Athletic.
The Sky Blues look set to get a hold of the Belgium international’s signature in the ongoing transfer window. However, over the weekend, Spurs and Chelsea both entered the race for the forward, which incentivised the Ligue 1 outfit to increase their price tag.
However, in the end, the 21-year-old was committed to joining Pep Guardiola’s team, despite interest from the likes of the North London side. The Cityzens ended up agreeing a €65 million fee for him.
Doku made his way through the youth ranks at Anderlecht before making his way to Rennes in the summer of 2020. At the French side, the winger has been a key player for them over the years.
In the previous campaign, the Belgian was handed regular minutes at the Ligue 1 outfit. He ended up making 35 appearances in all competitions for the Red and Blacks, scoring seven goals and providing four assists.
At City, Guardiola has lost Riyad Mahrez this summer. Ilkay Gundogan also left the Sky Blues as a free agent. With Kevin De Bruyne on the sidelines for a considerable period, the Cityzes could arguably do with reinforcements in the attack.
As for Tottenham, Ange Postecoglou has us playing some mesmerising football. Our attacking talent was on show against Manchester United in our previous league fixture. We dominated the Red Devils and beat them 2-0 at home.
Out wide, the North London side have some quality players at their disposal in Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski and Monor Solomon. What we seem to lack is a prolific goalscorer, with Richarlison struggling up top.
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Therefore, it would not have made sense to spend money on Doku when we first evidently need to bolster other areas of the pitch. It remains to be seen how the Belgian will fare in the Premier League once his move becomes official.