In a substantial move, Manchester City has agreed to a staggering £55 million deal with French club Rennes to secure the services of Belgian winger Jeremy Doku.
The 21-year-old prodigy is expected to make his debut for the Premier League champions when they clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this Sunday.
City’s interest in Doku dates back to the previous season, but it intensified significantly following the unexpected departure of Riyad Mahrez to Al-Ahli just last month.
Doku’s compatriot and City’s midfield maestro, Kevin De Bruyne, highly recommended the young talent to the club.
Doku, who has already earned 14 caps for Belgium, adds both depth and dynamism to Manchester City’s squad, a sentiment echoed by the team’s manager, Pep Guardiola.
The strategic signing comes on the heels of Guardiola openly acknowledging the need for more players in his roster.
With a reputation for intense pressing and formidable attacking prowess, Doku contributed six goals to Rennes’ Ligue 1 campaign last season.
Notably, he marked his presence with a goal in Rennes’ 5-1 victory over Metz on the season’s opening day. Although he remained an unused substitute during Rennes’ draw with Lens last Sunday, his transition to the Etihad Stadium is now imminent.
Doku’s arrival propels Manchester City’s summer spending past the £150 million mark, following the earlier acquisitions of Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic.
As the Premier League champions gear up for the challenges ahead, all eyes will be on Doku as he takes the stage in City’s vibrant colors.