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Manchester City Agree On £55.5M Fee For Rennes Forward: What Will He Bring To The Etihad?

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According to a report from The Athletic, a transfer fee of €65 million (£55.5 million) has been settled between Manchester City and RennesManchester City Agree On £55.5M Fee For Rennes Forward for the acquisition of winger Jeremy Doku. Additionally, the 21-year-old has reached an agreement on personal terms with the Premier League champions.

Doku’s Impressive Performance Streak In Ligue 1 Last Season

The young Belgian talent delivered an admirable season with the French club, displaying remarkable abilities in the attacking sector. Throughout the previous campaign, Doku achieved the feat of netting seven goals and contributing four assists across 33 appearances for Rennes, participating in various competitions.

Notably, his offensive capabilities have garnered attention, with an average of 0.9 shots, 1.0 key passes, and 3.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1 matches. His precision in passing is equally notable, boasting an 86.4% success rate for attempted passes in the top tier of French football (data provided by whoscored).

Austria’s Nicolas Seiwald and Belgium’s Jeremy Doku pictured in action during a soccer game between Belgian national team Red Devils and Austria, Saturday 17 June 2023 in Brussels, the second (out of 8) qualification match for the Euro 2024 European Championships. BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM (Photo by KRISTOF VAN ACCOM / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by KRISTOF VAN ACCOM/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will He Bring To Manchester City?

Doku’s prowess becomes evident through his exceptional dribbling skills, complemented by his ability to deliver precise passes from wide areas to unlock opposing defenses. His skill set also encompasses the capability to unleash potent and accurate long-range shots, thereby enhancing his offensive prowess. Nonetheless, to achieve sustained success at the highest levels, refining his goal-scoring efficiency remains a crucial area for development. While his primary role is that of a right-winger, his adaptability extends to either flank, making him a versatile asset in wide positions.

He is projected to serve as a direct replacement for Riyad Mahrez, significantly bolstering Pep Guardiola’s array of attacking choices and introducing an additional dimension to their offensive strategies. By emerging as a impactful contributor to the team, he has the potential to provide valuable depth to the Etihad Club’s attacking arsenal.

In light of Guardiola’s quest for a replacement for Riyad Mahrez, securing Doku’s signature could prove a prudent move. Earning recognition as one of Europe’s most promising young wingers, his inclusion would significantly strengthen City’s squad.

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