Manchester City has successfully secured the signing of Belgian winger Jeremy Doku from Rennes for a reported fee of £55.4 million.
The 21-year-old has inked a five-year contract with City, becoming their third signing of the summer transfer window after Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol.
Doku, known for his exceptional pace and dribbling abilities, is considered a highly promising talent. He made his mark at Rennes, scoring 10 goals in 75 Ligue 1 appearances over three seasons. His performances caught the attention of several top clubs, including West Ham, Tottenham, and Chelsea.
Doku expressed his excitement about joining Manchester City, highlighting the opportunity to work with manager Pep Guardiola and the world-class players at the club. He said, “Manchester City are the best team in world football, so to be joining them is something very special for me and my family.” He also mentioned his eagerness to continue learning and improving his skills under Guardiola’s guidance.
City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, praised Doku’s potential, noting his pace and one-on-one skills. Begiristain believes that working with Guardiola and the technical staff will help Doku evolve into a “world-class attacking talent”.
The addition of Doku comes after City winger Riyad Mahrez’s departure and Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, which is expected to keep him out of action for a significant period. Doku’s versatility and dynamism will provide valuable options for City’s attacking lineup.
Doku’s arrival strengthens City’s already impressive attacking roster, which includes players like Bernardo Silva, Cole Palmer, Phil Foden, and Jack Grealish. The Belgian winger could potentially make his debut for City in their upcoming Premier League match against Sheffield United.
City continue to bolster its squad as it aims for domestic and international success, building on their achievements of last season when they clinched the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup titles.